Operating oil and natural gas rigs in the United States

The number of operating oil and natural gas rigs in the United States increased by 32 to 2,019 this week, according to a weekly report released here on Friday.

A total of 1,196 rigs were exploring for oil and 818 for natural gas in the U.S., with another five rigs listed as miscellaneous, according to the report released by the Houston-based oil service company Baker Hughes Inc..

The rig count stood at 1,709 a year ago.

Of the leading oil- and gas-producing states, Texas added 16 rigs, followed by Louisiana with five rigs. Oklahoma and North Dakota each gained three rigs. Arkansas added one rig.

New Mexico, California and Colorado each lost one rig.

The Baker Hughes rig counts, first issued in 1944, serve as an important business barometer for drilling firms and their suppliers to gauge the overall business environment of the oil and gas industry.

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