Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Drilling Jobs Nationally Boom: Adding 5,900 Monthly

Teachers are being laid off in the thousands in Pennsylvania (see previous posting), but thousands are being hired across America as domestic oil and gas production has not been this strong in decades.

Ryan Dezember writing for yesterday's Wall Street Journal reported that in May nationally "there were 413,500 jobs in the oil and gas extraction and support businesses in positions ranging from roustabout to accountant."

Oil and gas added 17,200 jobs nationally in the first quarter. Through May, the sector was creating 5,900 jobs per month. The data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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