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SAN ANGELO - At the end of December 2013, 3,409 area jobs were posted, according to Cathy Ballard, Concho Valley Workforce Development Board director of planning.

“Compared to this time last year, we are posting at least 100 to 150 more jobs, and we get only 25 percent of the postings out there,” said Ballard.

Wage compensation by industrial sector shows mining wages for Tom Green County going through the $200 million threshold, according to The Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The mining category includes roughnecks and other rig workers, but does not include geotechnical engineers, other professionals, truck drivers or warehouse workers.

Additionally, health care, manufacturing and retail all showed double-digit wage increases, while construction and the “other services” categories both grew by 60 percent over the previous year.

“I noticed companies from the Permian Basin are recruiting here, and they’re not all for oil and gas jobs,” said Ballard. “They are running out of people, and we’re not far behind them.”

“We have the opportunity to attract suppliers, and look at all the new service industries in town, how crowded things are. We’re creating jobs, and they’re not all in oil and gas,” said Ballard.

In December 2013, 418 drilling rigs were working the Permian Basin oil and gas deposits of West Texas and the area had 4,390 producing wells. West Texas Intermediate Crude will average $95 a barrel through the end of 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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