New figures from the National Association of Colleges and Employers show positive signs for hiring growth in the oil and gas industry, further backed up by expansion plans by Chevron.

The association's report says the industry plans to increase hiring of college graduates by 6 percent, growth of more than 3,000 jobs and the highest increase among all industries in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Skilled workers, including construction, manufacturing and oilfield specialists, are also reported to be in high demand.

More than 82,000 jobs were created in south Texas in 2012, according to the University of Texas San Antonio, more than doubling the 38,000 formed in 2011. Jobs range widely from well drilling to extraction, pipeline construction, oil services and welding. Almost 100,000 jobs were supported by development in one area, that number expected to at least double by 2023.

Energy company Chevron, which already employs 9,000 people in Houston, is planning to expand to a new downtown office tower, expected to hire another 1,752 workers in the city by 2016, according to the Houston Business Journal. The project will reportedly create 2,164 jobs total in the region.

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