The country’s oil field services sector continued to add jobs last month as oil and gas companies move forward with planned increases in drilling. 

Texas added about 3,160 oil field services jobs in May for a total of 306,411, according to an analysis of preliminary federal data from the industry trade group Energy Workforce and Technology Council. Overall the country added close to 4,775 jobs in the sector last month for a total of 628,793, according to the preliminary data. 

Demand for oil and gas was already on the rise as the global economy recovers from the pandemic. Now, as countries sanction Russian oil in retaliation for Moscow’s war on Ukraine, officials are pushing for U.S. oil and gas producers to ramp up production to help ease soaring gasoline and utility prices

“I’m optimistic that our industry and workforce are up to the challenge to meet growing global demand by increasing domestic production while reducing global emissions,” said Leslie Beyer, Energy Workforce CEO,  in a statement. “Without the powerhouse of American energy, the world suffers, the economy suffers, and millions of people face energy and food insecurity.”

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While companies are working to increase production overall this year, analysts have said drillers are sticking to planned increases instead of quickly ramping up output – even with West Texas crude oil at more than $110 per barrel. Instead companies have remained focused on increasing shareholder returns.

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The war and uneven pandemic recovery have also led to disruptions in the global supply chain, making it harder for oil and gas drilling companies to get some resources. 

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