Texas oil boom spurs more job growth

Texas continues to add energy jobs in impressive numbers, even as the broader employment picture across the country remains a bit cloudy.

A new report from Rigzone says the state added 2,400 energy jobs in the second quarter, a 2 percent jump.

Rigzone says that even though job growth overall has continued to slow, oil and gas job creation has been on an unprecedented run in recent years.

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The data released Monday follows a U.S. government report Friday that showed jobs in the oil and gas sector have grown 40 percent in the last five years, helping to counteract the tepid 1 percent increase in total U.S. employment.

The oil and natural gas industry created more than 162,000 jobs from 2007 to 2012 in drilling, extraction and support services, according to a report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas now produces more than 74 million barrels of crude a month, about a third of all U.S. production.

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