Pipeline jobs are trending across the Midwest, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.BLS data shows that there are nearly 1.2 million pipeline jobs nationwide.
That number includes the Keystone Pipeline, which was built in the middle of the Dakota Access pipeline construction, which is being challenged by environmental groups.
In 2018, there were 2,038,000 total jobs in the pipeline, which carries about $4.8 billion in crude oil from the Bakken oil region in North Dakota to refineries in Illinois.
BLS said in a statement that the Keystone pipeline jobs were the highest for the last five years, which coincides with the pipeline being in production for the first time.
Brazile said the Keystone jobs were likely due to pipeline construction and increased traffic.
“The pipeline’s opening up this year has put a lot of people to work, and the construction of the pipeline is going really well,” she said.
“So, there’s more demand for workers and more jobs than we expected.”