The U.S. oil sector was one of the few dim spots in a new jobs report after shedding 9,300 jobs in February as low oil prices force companies to cut costs and trim operations.
A new report by the the U.S. Labor Department showed the mining sector workforce, a category that includes oil and gas workers, lost 9,300 workers and fell to 844,500 jobs in February.
Those losses came on the heels of a 5,800 job dip in January.
The oil extraction sub-sector fell by 1,100 jobs to 198,300 after losing 1,800 jobs in January.
Jobs in support activities for mining, another category that includes oil and gas workers, dropped by 7,400 jobs last month.
The drops came in spite of an overall positive employment outlook that saw non-farm payrolls jump 295,000 last month and unemployment drop to 5.5 percent, a six and a half year low.
Job losses in the oil sector are expected to continue as companies pare back operations in response to oil price volatility.