Interesting little nugget I learned today.
I live in Dallas and I'm in oil and gas, so this isn't surprising at all. Between the Eagle Ford, Eaglebine, Barnett Shale and developing oil play in the Barnett, Pearsall, all the Permian/W TX plus all the associated pipelines, rail, trucking, refining complex, and import/export ability, Texas is better positioned than any state in the nation. It's simply mind boggling the jobs that are associated with a single well.
What's sad is the current administration taking credit for the job creation when all the credit should go to private sector/American ingenuity. We don't need government funds to figure out how to become energy independent, companies are trying to figure out how to make the most of this nation's abundant resources every day, the same way they have been forever. The natural resource plays are carrying this economy with a few select others. It's also extremely unfortunate that the industry gets the terrible wrap it does due to environmental negativity and "high" gas prices.