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September Employment Report: OFS Jobs Rise Again as Sector Reaches Closer to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Employment in the U.S. oilfield services and equipment sector rose by an estimated 2,566 jobs to 640,767 in September, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and analysis by the Energy Workforce & Technology Council (Energy Workforce). August adjusted number of 638,201 is down from the preliminary number of 648,914. 

Gains in September make OFS employment the highest since September 2021 numbers, and still off the pre-pandemic mark in February 2020 of 706,528. Overall, U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs, continuing a slowdown in the job market. The participation rate also took a slight dip, dropping the overall unemployment rate from 3.7% to 3.5%.

 “As the energy services sector continues to rebuild the workforce from pandemic losses, the September increases are encouraging in the face of lower job increases across the country. Our industry is at the forefront of new technology, innovation and deploying production process that are lowering emissions while continuing to meet the challenges of growing global demand. The industry is producing at almost pre-pandemic levels, with fewer employees and increased political hurdles. Further investments and a level regulatory landscape are needed to unleash the power of American energy, providing energy security for our nation and that of our allies while continuing to decrease global emissions and lowering energy costs.”

Leslie Beyer, CEO, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

September State-by-State Breakdown

TX 312,246
LA 53,504
OK 48,762
CO 26,015
NM 23,965
CA 23,452
PA 23,196
ND 19,928
WY 14,866
OH 10,637
AK 9,932
WV 9,804

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. Energy Workforce incorporates monthly totals according to BLS corrections, and updates the statistical model quarterly.



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