The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down three this week to 1,983.
Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,383 rigs were exploring for oil and 594 were looking for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week, Baker Hughes reported 1,847 rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Colorado gained five rigs; North Dakota four; Alaska two and California one.
Texas declined by eight rigs; Pennsylvania by four; New Mexico and Oklahoma two each and Wyoming one.
Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia were unchanged.
The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.