Baker Hughes’ Rig Count Confirms Surge of Electrical Sales Opportunities in the Oil & Gas Market

One indicator offering some insight into the impact the Bakken play has had on the North Dakota electrical market is the number of electricians working in the state. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data on electrician employment, from 2008 (before the oil and gas boom) to 2012,  North Dakota gained 680 electricians. 

It’s no secret the oil and gas business is booming — just ask anyone you know from Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and  Ohio. Many of the folks we talked to from these states at recent electrical industry meetings are delighted with the huge uptick in the oil and gas market, which is due in large part to the newer oil fracking and horizontal drilling technologies that have unlocked oil and gas plays that previously couldn’t be profitably harvested.

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