Oil & Gas Industry

Hobbs’ Oil & Gas Industry

Hobbs Offers Prime Access to the World’s Most Active Oil Basin

Hobbs, NM, fuels the region’s oil and gas industry. Ideally located at the center of the Permian Basin and in the middle of the Lea County EnergyPlex, Hobbs is the Permian’s most livable community, and offers a centralized location from which to do business across the region.

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The Industry’s Top Oil Basin, Hobbs Wins the Advantage

In Hobbs, New Mexico, the oil and gas industry’s pulse continues to race. Hobbs is the largest city in Lea County, and Lea County is the top oil-producing county in the U.S. as of 2022.

While rich resources are a natural draw, Hobbs also boasts access to a well-connected transportation system, and an eager labor force that has over four generations of training in the oil and gas industry.

All of these assets have generated major investments from local, national and global energy companies ranging from drilling to production to more than 400 oilfield service operations.


Oil & Gas Industry Labor Force 8,799
Average Oil & Gas Industry Salary $76,076



World’s Most Active Oil Basin Permian Basin


Highest Oil-Producing County in the Nation Lea County, NM ShaleXP | 2022
Success Stories

Spinnaker Oilfield Services

Visit after visit, Spinnaker Oilfield Services recognized all Hobbs offers to the oil and gas industry. A skilled and ready workforce and access to the world’s most viable oil fields offer enviable appeal. Add in quality of life and Spinnaker sealed the deal with Hobbs to ensure its legacy of industry and workplace excellence.

Jennifer Grassham

President & CEO,
Economic Development Corporation of Lea County