Texas county tops nationwide list of oil and gas job creation

Texas counties leading the way for oil and gas job growth in 2014.

A new report shows that the top county in oil and gas job creation was in Texas last year, as well as five out of the top 10.

The data, released by Highlight Data, reports that Midland County lead the country in job creation in that field with 3,169 new jobs in 2014. Midland was far and away the leader, with the next county coming in at just over 800 jobs fewer than the Texas county, which was Weld County, Colorado with 2,367.

The oil and gas industry greatly contributed to Midland's successful year of job growth, with a total of 7,200 jobs added throughout the county last year, according to the Midland Reporter Telegram.

The other four Texas counties on the list came right in a row, taking up the fourth through seventh spots: Bexar County at 1,416, Frio County at 1,067, Ector County just three jobs shy of Frio at 1,064 and Tarrant County at 908. 

"Clearly, Texas has a very significant oil and gas sector," Chris Engle, president of Headlight Data, told Rigzone. "Many parts of Texas are affected by oil and gas specifically, from shale gas in the southwest to the sizeable corporate headquarters in Houston and Dallas." 

Neighboring New Mexico had one county on the list with Lea County coming in at number nine with 788. An additional county from Colorado and one each from North Dakota and Pennsylvania rounded out the top 10.

Highlight also released data for the 10 counties that lost the most jobs in the industry. A comparison of the two lists shows positive job growth in the field for 2014. Of the two lists, 13,200 jobs were added and just 5,698 were lost, meaning there was a net addition of 7,502 jobs between those 20 counties.