US Loses Jobs in Support Activities for Mining in Sept.
Jobs in support activities for mining declined in September, continuing the downward trend this year, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Support activities for mining, which includes the oilfield services sector, experienced a job loss of 1,200 for the month. The sector has now had declines every month this year.
Conversely, employment in oil and gas extraction increased slightly, with the sector adding 300 jobs. September marks the second consecutive month for employment increases in oil and gas extraction.
Additionally, the nation’s rig count has been in steady decline, falling to its lowest level since Feb. 2018. The average U.S. rig count for September was 878, down 175 from the count of 1,053 one year ago, according to Baker Hughes, a GE Company.
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