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Study: 600,000 new jobs supported by oil and natural gas industry in two years

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2013 – API President and CEO Jack Gerard today released a new study from PwC US showing the oil and natural gas industry supported 9.8 million American jobs in 2011, an increase of more than 600,000 jobs in just two years.

“Game-changing innovations in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs every year,” Gerard said. “For the first time in generations, America’s path to true energy security seems clear, if we get our energy policy right today.”

The industry now supports 8 percent of the U.S. economy, up from 7.7 percent, according to the PwC study commissioned by API. The study examined the oil and natural gas industry’s economic contributions in 2011, an update to a previous report from 2009.

“We need Congress and the administration to unlock additional opportunities by expanding access to domestic energy resources, speeding up permitting, and ending the broken ethanol mandate,” Gerard said. “By doing so, we will create even more American jobs, grow our economy, protect consumers and take full advantage of our nation’s vast energy resources.”

The industry supports jobs in all 50 states, according to the study. Texas remains America’s oil and natural gas leader, with the industry supporting nearly two million jobs in the state and making up 23 percent of the state’s economy. California is second with nearly 800,000 jobs and nearly 7 percent of the state’s economy, followed by Louisiana with 400,000 jobs and 35 percent of the state’s economy.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
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