Florida's oil and gas industry just saw a slight hiring boost as the industry itself met a new milestone with the opening of a new technology center specializing in the industry's interests was recently celebrated.
The $9 million Teledyne technology center, soon to employ 100 new employees looking to improve the logistics and design behind future models of off-shore oil rigs, was christened by the state's Governor, Rick Scott, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The company, which manufactures cables for oil rigs including electrical and fiber-optic models, already houses 400 people in the state and has worked on construction on the facility since last year.
This news comes on the heels of positive information from the country's oil and gas industry as a whole. Private sector employment in the industry through the first six months of 2013 saw an increase of 2.4 percent, according to Fuel Fix. This hike allowed the industry to top one million nationwide employees.
The first half of 2013 saw the industry grow by more than 23,000 jobs, the majority of them coming in the extraction, drilling and support employment sectors. In addition, eight of nine employment sectors throughout the industry saw growth, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.