Oil and gas, mining add jobs in June

Both the U.S. oil and gas extraction and mining industries added jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Employment Situation report. 

Mining added 7,900 jobs during the month, with the bulk of those positions in mining support activities. Coal mining jobs were virtually unchanged, while metal ore mining added 400 jobs. 

Employment in the industry has increased by 56,000 since October of last year, when low oil prices contributed to job losses, Rigzone explained. 

Oil and gas extraction sector gained 600 positions during the month, reaching a total of 179,400 jobs from 178,800 positions in June. 

Business activity for oilfield services in Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Louisiana - known collectively as the Eleventh District - rose in the second quarter of 2017 to its highest level in more than a year, according to Rigzone. 

Texas may receive an even bigger job boost with the signing of the Texas Fuels Bill, News West 9 reported. the bill will mandate that state agencies with 15 or more state vehicles use natural gas for fuel instead of diesel or conventional gas. 

"This is going to allow the Permian Basin to continue to be not only the economic engine of Texas but the world's leading producer of natural gas," said State Representative Brooks Landgraf, according to the source. 

New legislation in Texas may boost employment further.