Census data: Crude oil pipeline transportation industry employment up 70 percent in 5 years

Posted by SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL on June 17, 2014 

New information on pipeline transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products was released by the U.S. Census Bureau today (June 17) as part of the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports.

You can access the data here and here.

The economic census is conducted every five years. Data is then released in chunks over a few years. The entire set of national statistics for various industries, including detailed geographic data sets, won't be available until sometime in 2016.

(If you're really interested in numbers, a full schedule of release dates can be found here so you can mark your calendars).

It will take me a while to look through the data sets, but in the meantime, the Census Bureau's public information office has pulled a few of the interesting facts released in the new data:

"-- The pipeline transportation of crude oil industry had an almost 70 percent increase in employment from 2007 to 2012, going from more than 6,500 employees to more than 11,100 employees.

-- The pipeline transportation of refined petroleum products industry had more than a 28 percent increase in average annual payroll per employee from 2007 to 2012, going from $79,000 per employee to more than $100,000 per employee.

-- Pipeline transportation of crude oil makes up 23 percent of total pipeline employment versus 65 percent for natural gas and 12 percent for other refined products.

-- Pipeline transportation of crude oil makes up 18 percent of total pipeline revenue versus 63 percent for natural gas and 19 percent for other refined products."

Data from previous economic censuses can be found by using the American FactFinder tool.

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