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Lack of Workers Means Untapped Oil

Wayne Hughes, Panhandle Royalties Executive Vice President Wayne Hughes, Panhandle Royalties Executive Vice President
Gary Molberg, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Gary Molberg, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

In a state known for it's oil, you'd never guess that oil production would be a problem in Texas. But that's the reality, especially for us here in the Panhandle.

Oil rigs are a common sight in West Texas, but believe it or not...we're not tapping into all of the oil available to us. The reason may surprise you... we have an unemployment rate of about 3.1%, according to the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. A good problem to have, but a problem none-the-less.

Wayne Hughes, Panhandle Royalties Executive Vice President, says "finding workers to work on the oil rigs is a huge problem. We are already using all the workers there are. We are already taking them from other industries like the agricuture and manufacturing industries because we pay more."

There's a plan in place to help this growing problem though. The Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city of amarillo is taking part in celelbrate education, a program which spreads an important message to students, and hopefully creates a much needed work force.

Chamber President Gary Molberg says the chamber, along with the city of Amarillo, is taking part in Celebrate Education, a program which spreads an important message to students and hopefully creates a much needed work force in our area. "We need to put emphasis on if you want to go to college, great - there are a lot of opportunities for you out there. But if college isn't for you, that's okay too and there are lots of on-the-job training type of jobs that are out there."

Oil rig workers all receive on the job training, so no prior experience is necessary. Here's an interesting fact for you... Hughes says even the most novice oil worker makes 25-dollars an hour.

 

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