Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted March 13, 2013
Christian Science Monitor – Jobs Report: The Energy Connection to Growth
Good news on Friday: the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, with more than 1,000 were added in the oil and natural gas industry. Contributions from the industry over the last year have added more than 20,000 jobs. The contribution comes from many areas: oil and gas extraction employment is up 10,000 jobs over the past year; utilities, up 6,000 jobs; coal employment, by contrast, down 5,000. Renewables are also growing slowly. But the jobs impact from the energy sector, especially the boom in unconventional oil and natural gas extraction, is much greater than that, driving a need for construction workers, engineers, truck drivers, and a host of related occupations.