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Jobs Report: OFS Jobs Rise in February, Preliminary Numbers Reported Before Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine

Employment in the U.S. oilfield services, and equipment sector rose by an estimated 9,783 jobs to 609,086 in February, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and analysis by the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Gains were made in six of seven categories, including oil and gas extraction, machinery manufacturing, and petroleum and coal products manufacturing.

The data, which was collected in mid-February before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, reported 609,086 total OFS jobs, the highest since September 2021 when total jobs rebounded to 643,057, but still off the pre-pandemic mark in February 2020 of 706,528. The 1.6% growth comes as overall U.S. employers added 678,000 jobs in February, topping analyst’s expectations for two straight months. 

“Oil demand has been on the rise, and domestic production will certainly be tested as sanctions against Russia and Putin’s allies increase. Our industry and workforce are up to the test, and I’m optimistic about our future. It’s encouraging to see job growth increases in the sector and that we are continuing to make gains from our pandemic lows and 2021 fourth quarter losses.”

Leslie Beyer, CEO, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

The Council is the national trade association for the energy technology and services sector representing 600,000 jobs in the technology-driven energy value chain. More than 450 member companies are involved in energy equipment manufacturing, drilling, well completions, well services, pressure pumping, renewable energy technology and servicing, geothermal development, and more. 

The innovative men and women who comprise this sector are leaders in developing and deploying innovative technologies on a global scale that increase efficiency, improve environmental performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy technology and services sector employment is estimated by analyzing data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and covers the economic activities of energy technology and services companies, which include oil and gas extraction, construction and manufacturing. Total employment is estimated using the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, published by BLS, and jobs data reported by BLS monthly.

Note: BLS data is preliminary for the two most recent months and is subject to revision. The Council incorporates monthly totals according to BLS corrections, and updates the statistical model quarterly.
 

Visualizations and data table below. Additional information and data available upon request.

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