CSU economist mixed on oil industry job growth


The oil and natural-gas industry has contributed 5,000 jobs out of a total of 137,500 jobs gained in the state since the recession ended, Colorado State University economist Martin Shields said. The oil and gas industry represents slightly more than 1 percent of the state’s employment, Shields said, but its job growth falls short of non-farm employment changes in other industries. Shields’ remarks came as part of the Regional Issues Summit at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.