The instability in the oil industry is reeking havoc on the Texas workforce, according to recent information by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Since March, Texas has added jobs every month but many more people have left the labor force, causing many to speculate about what is going on.
Economists blame the shift on the fact that the oil and gas industry has cut many jobs since crude prices tanked last year and discouraged baby boomers are leaving the workforce. They also say that the bad news is trickling down into all areas of the economy.
Out of more than 1,100 counties across the U.S., Texas held top spots for both job creation and job losses. In 2014, there were 3,200 jobs created in Midland County, TX and 1,100 jobs lost in Harris County. Overall, Texas had five of the top 10 spots: Midland County, Bexar County, Frio County, Ector County, and Tarrant County.
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The Eagle Ford’s Frio County came in at the fifth spot and boasts an impressive growth of 1,100 new oil and gas jobs with a small population of 18,500 people.