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Interstate 10 near Van Horn, Culberson County.

Interstate 10 near Van Horn, Culberson County. Photo by Robert Plocheck.


Texas Economy: The Oil Patch Setback

Notwithstanding continuing weakness in the oil and natural gas production and related industries over the past year, in 2016 the Texas economy added 190,600 non-farm jobs, for an annual increase of 1.6 percent. Private-sector employment rose by 1.5 percent while government employment (federal, state and local) grew by 2.1 percent.

Texas added more new jobs than any other states except California and Florida in fiscal 2016, and had the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 most populous states at the end of that year (4.7 percent, tied with Florida). . . . click



• Per Capita Income by County

• 50 Largest Banks in Texas

• Texas Electricity: Demand and Capacity

• Wind Energy Continues Expansion

• Motor Vehicle Crashes, Losses in Texas

• Telecommunications: Cellphones and Laptops

• Aviation Statistics

• Railroads in Texas

• Forest Resources

• Nonpetroleum Minerals

• Commercial Fishing in Texas


Gross State Product by state and country
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Oil and Texas: A Cultural History

For Texans, the 20th century did not begin on January 1, 1901, as it did for everyone else. It began nine days later, on Jan. 10, when, spurting drilling pipe, mud, gas and oil, the Lucas No. 1 well blew in at Spindletop near Beaumont.

The gusher spewed oil more than 100 feet into the air until it was capped nine days later. With that dramatic fanfare, Texas’ economy was wrenched from its rural, agricultural roots and flung headlong into the petroleum and industrial age.  . . .


• Texas Rig Counts and Wells Completed 1960–2015

• Petroleum Production and Income 1915–2015


History of Oil Discoveries in Texas

Indians found oil seeping from the soils of Texas long before the first Europeans arrived. . . .  Melrose, in Nacogdoches County, was the site in 1866 of the first drilled well to produce oil in Texas. The driller was Lyne T. Barret. Barret used an auger, fastened to a pipe, and rotated by a cogwheel driven by a steam engine — a basic principle of rotary drilling that has been used since, although with much improvement..  . . .


Toll Collections in Texas

Texas toll roads collections to 2014
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Texas Almanac

Texas Almanac