Employment in the Texas upstream oil and gas industry continued to rise in April but at a slower clip than the previous month, according to the latest tally from the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).

Direct employment in the exploration and production (E&P) sector totaled 199,400 for the month, up 700 jobs from March, TIPRO said, citing figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

By comparison, E&P employment in March rose by about 1,500 from February.

On a year/year basis, employment rose by 17,600 positions in April, including increases of 1,700 jobs in oil and natural gas extraction, and 15,900 jobs in the services sector. 

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