[The Epoch Times, May 14, 2022](Reported by Epoch Times reporter Lin Zirong) Due to global supply shortages, governments around the world are pushingoiland natural gas producers to increase production,Workershortage limitsU.S.of producers could increase this yearoilproduction as the government tries to find ways to offset the boycott of Russian oil after the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Oil surges after the start of the COVID-19 pandemicWorkerleft the industry. Now,U.S.The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.6%, just above its pre-pandemic low, but there are still about 100,000 fewer oil and gas workers than before the pandemic.
Employment in the U.S. oilfield services and equipment industry was nearly 609,000 in March, the highest level since September 2021, but still below about 707,000 before the pandemic, according to the Energy Workforce and Technology Council. human level.
In the mining and logging industries, which include oil and gas jobs, an estimated 14,000 workers quit their jobs in January, the highest level since early 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An estimated 13,000 workers quit their jobs in February.
Pictures show many workers leaving the Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, on May 10.
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