US Shale Patch Struggles to Fill Jobs Fast Enough

Energy price inflation is still vexing politicians, consumers and now the U.S. shale patch too, as the oil and gas industry increasingly struggles to find workers.

Myles McCormick, Financial Times
US Shale Patch Struggles to Fill Jobs Fast Enough

While the Dallas Federal Reserve’s latest energy survey showed upstream activity continued to recover, more than half of the oilfield services executives who responded said they were having trouble finding employees. (Source: Hart Energy)

The recovery in America’s oil and gas sector is underway. But companies say hiring workers to support the uptick in demand is getting trickier—and more expensive.

That was the key takeaway from the Dallas Federal Reserve’s latest energy survey, which was released yesterday.

While the survey showed upstream activity continued to recover in the third quarter, more than half of the oilfield services executives who responded said they were having trouble finding employees.

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