Led once again by declines in the Permian Basin, the U.S. rig count declined by six units in the week ended June 14 to finish at 969, according to the latest data from Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE).

The U.S. oil patch lost only one rig, while five natural gas rigs were dropped in the Lower 48, according to BHGE.

Total domestic gas rigs ended the week at 181. The combined U.S. rig count declined by six to 969, compared with 1,059 active rigs at this time last year.

U.S. land activity declined by seven units, while the Gulf of Mexico added one rig to finish the week at 24 rigs, compared with 19 a year ago.

Three vertical units were added, while six directional units and three horizontal units were removed from the count.

At the same time, the Canadian rig count ended the week up four from last week at 107 (compared with 139 a year ago), including 69 oil rigs, 10 more than a week earlier.

The combined North American count was down two units to 1,076, versus 1,198 in the year-ago period.

Among plays, the Permian saw five rigs exit during the week, dropping its total to 441, compared with 476 a year ago. That follows a net loss of 11 oil-directed units, most of them in the Permian, in the week ended June 7.

The only other play to change its total during the week was the Eagle Ford Shale, which lost one to finish at 73 rigs.

The only state with an increase was Louisiana, which added two rigs to reach 70, now up 10 from a year ago. Texas lost six rigs (to 467) and two other states lost one rig each -- Alaska (to five) and Wyoming (to 31).