Texas oil, gas production jobs over the topTexas oil, gas production jobs over the tophttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=30292014-09-18T11:38:00Z2014-09-18T00:00:00Z

TEXAS - Oil and gas production and services jobs in Texas exceeded 300,000 workers this summer for the first time since such data have been compiled, according to the Texas Petro Index.

The index counted 302,700 workers in the energy services and exploration and production fields in Texas at the end of July. That amount is the largest since the index began tracking jobs in 1995.

The index is a service of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the nation’s largest state association of independent oil and gas producers. The index does not count energy jobs in areas such as downstream refineries or the petrochemical sector.

Many of those oil and gas jobs are in the Houston region, but some also come from exploration and production surges in West Texas in the Permian Basin.

The Houston region now counts 115,400 energy jobs, which includes 63,000 in oil and gas and 52,400 in energy support services, according to U.S. Department of Labor data at the end of July.

In comparison, in 2005 at the end of July, there were 65,400 total energy jobs in the region.

The Houston area added about 5,000 energy jobs in June and July, making the period the most active two consecutive months of hiring since the shale boom began.

The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown region has now added about 8,700 energy jobs in 2014 through July, more than the 7,700 in 2012 and the 4,700 in 2013, according to federal statistics.

Texas’ oil production totaled 93.65 million barrels in July — a more than 20 percent rise from July 2013.

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