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The Texas Workforce Commission estimated the average number of Texans on oil and gas industry payrolls in June at a record 297,800.

That’s an increase of  6.2% over June 2013.

An average of 290,200 Texans held jobs during the first half of 2014 in the oil and gas production, drilling, and service sectors, up 5.7% over the first half of 2013.

“Industry employment in Texas has increased 66%, about 118,600 workers, since bottoming out at 179,200 in October 2009. During the previous growth cycle, industry employment peaked at 223,200 in November 2008,” the Oil and Gas Journal said.

Crude production in Texas during June hit 89.75 million bbl, 24.2% higher than the previous June.

The value of crude oil produced in Texas in June was more than $9.1 billion, 37.1% higher than the previous June, the report said.


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