Jobs and Economy

Access to Arkansas’ rich stores of energy would strengthen our nation's energy and national security, and boost the state’s economy.

In addition to providing a stable, affordable supply of energy, the Fayetteville Shale also promises to provide significant economic benefits for the Natural State.


Arkansas Jobs

The Arkansas oil and natural gas industry supports more than 76,000 jobs, $3.4 billion in wages, and $8.1 billion in economic impact. 

The oil and gas industry supports jobs not just in exploring, producing, refining, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas, but also through the purchases it makes of other goods and services that support the industry’s operations. Equipment suppliers, construction companies, management specialists, and food service businesses are all a strong link in the industry. These businesses, in turn, purchase other goods and services that support other jobs throughout Arkansas and the nation.

Nationally, the oil and natural gas industry supports 10.3 million American jobs and nearly 8% of the economy.