CDI Corporation

Oil jobs continue upward climb

Increasing oil prices have led to an increase in jobs in the industry, the Longview News-Journal reported.

Since a market collapse in 2014, the rise in drilling in the U.S. has created more than 15,000 oil jobs.

“Every rig you’re bringing back, you’re probably putting 30 people back to work,” said Graves & Co. energy consultant, John Graves, in an interview with the source.

The number of active U.S. rigs is on the rise, with Baker Hughes Inc. announcing Friday that the rig count increased for the 20th consecutive week.

Texas is seeing the largest impact of the reviving industry. The state added 12,000 oil jobs in the six months through April, bringing total oil employment in Texas to 205,000 according to the Houston Chronicle. The current workforce is 3 percent higher than it was one year ago.

In its Friday announcement, Baker Hughes noted that the total number of rigs in operation in the U.S. was 916, an increase from the record low of 404 in May of last year. Texas added five rigs and Oklahoma gained three. North Dakota, Ohio and Colorado each added one rig.