Oil and gas industry driving Texas employment growth

Data released by Manufacturing News, Inc. shows industrial employment in Texas is on the rise. The 2014 Texas Manufacturers Register showed the state added 31,298 manufacturing jobs between May 2013 and May 2014. This is a 2.5 percent increase, while the national average growth for manufacturing positions is 0.8 percent, the Austin Business Journal reported.

According to MNI, the oil and gas industries are driving manufacturing positions. Over the past 12 months, activity in the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas  and the Permian Basin in west Texas has picked up, Austin Business Journal said. Oil and gas extraction as well as chemical production are growing opportunities for workers. The oil and gas extraction industry had a 10.7 percent employment increase, and is now the second-largest industrial employment area in the state. The chemicals production sector has increased 4.4 percent since May 2014.

The largest employment area is industrial machinery and equipment, which experienced a 4.3 percent job growth in the past year.

Employment growth is not concentrated on one particular areas of the state, but Houston remains the top city in the U.S. for industrial employment. Companies located in Houston employ 261,900 workers, and the city experience an employment increase of 4.7 percent over the last year.

Businesses affected by the oil and gas industries should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most skilled employees for their open positions.