Kern No. 2 Best Oil and Gas Economy


Author, Headlight Data

Recently released data show that oil, gas and mining job creation in 2015 across counties in the US varied from a high of 660 in Oklahoma County in Oklahoma City, OK to a loss of 1,140 jobs in Harris County in Houston, TX.

Out of 261 counties with oil & gas economies, 2 of the Top 10 are in Texas: Ector County and Montgomery County. Two are in North Dakota: Williams County and Dunn County. Kern County (Bakersfield, CA) and Eddy County (Carlsbad, NM) also created a large number of oil & gas jobs.

Top 5 Counties: Most Oil and Gas Jobs Created (2014-2015)
1. Oklahoma County, OK
2. Kern County, CA
3. Ector County, TX
4. Williams County, ND
5. Eddy County, NM

The three counties losing the most oil & gas jobs are in Texas: Harris County (-1,413 jobs), Tarrant County (-449) and Dallas County (-259). Denver County (Denver, CO) and Lafourche Parish (Houma, LA) followed.

Net New Employment by County in the industry, 2014-2015 (1)


Job creation in the Oil & Gas sector has been steadily increasing in the US. In the last 5 years, the sector grew 22% and created 34,000 new jobs. The sector currently employs 193,000 people in the US.

Click here to read more about metrics and underlying data used in this report: Counties with the Best and Worst Oil and Gas Economies of 2015


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