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Texas oil industry sees jobs decline in third quarter

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By John Suayan | The Center Square

The Texas oil industry contracted in the third quarter of this year, which included a drop in jobs, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reports.







Nearly 25 percent of oil and gas companies reported job losses in the third quarter, a slight increase from 18 percent in the second quarter, the Dallas Fed reported. Most of the layoffs occurred in the oilfield services industry. Several companies told surveyors their employment figures declined, with the number being a bit higher than in the previous quarter.

“Conditions in the oil and gas sector deteriorated in the third quarter, with overall activity and employment declining modestly,” Michael Plante, Dallas Fed senior research economist, said in a statement. “Oilfield service firms were most affected, with a sharp drop in equipment utilization and operating margins. In general, the survey results suggest the second half of 2019 is going to be a tough one for the industry.”

Many producers and oil field service companies spanning three states told the Dallas Fed that oil production faced a slight drop between the previous two quarters while natural gas production suffered a larger decline.







The effects of the oil and gas industry’s negative jobs outlook extend outward. According to the report, oilfield service providers saw their equipment being utilized less for the first time since 2016. Providers also reported a steep decline in business activity.

The Dallas Fed cited low prices, less access to capital and slowing demand as reasons for bleak employment prospects in the oil and gas industry in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Wages and working hours also declined, according to the report.







When asked about what factors are restricting near-term growth in activity, 42 percent of respondents cited low oil and natural gas prices as the prime constraint,” Plante said. “Limited access to credit and capital, as well as investor pressure to generate free cash flow, were also mentioned as limiting factors.”

Texas’s unemployment rate as of August 2019 was at 3.4 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, which bested the national rate of 3.7 percent.

Though the Texas oil industry job sector has suffered, the Lone Star State continues to enjoy a healthy job market. Approximately 18,000 jobs were added in August from the previous month and total employment in the state increased close to three percent from more than a month ago.

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18-year-old arrested after allegedly stabbing 2 teenage girls at North Star Mall

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BEXAR COUNTY, Texas San Antonio Police have identified and arrested a man suspected of stabbing two teenage girls at North Star Mall.

18-year-old Anthony Rodriguez was arrested and Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the attack that occurred Tuesday night.







Reports from MySA say police were called to the scene just after the attack around 8:30 p.m when Rodriguez allegedly stabbed the two girls near the Forever 21 store in the mall.

Police say an off-duty officer provided a suspect description as Rodriguez ran out of the mall with a group of males.

Police detained and questioned a group of about five males, according to MySA, as well as located witnesses and surveillance footage of the attack.







The teenage girls were taken to University Hospital with no life-threatening injuries.

MySA reports that Rodriguez’s bond has been set at $40,000.







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Landlord of over 25 residential properties arrested for indecent exposure

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BEXAR COUNTY, Texas — CID Investigators with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reportedly arrested a landlord on a warrant for indecent exposure.

56-year-old Gilbert Escamilla, a landlord of over 25 residential properties throughout Bexar County, is alleged to have exposed himself while at a property where the victim resides.







A report from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said a CID investigator discovered there were 10 victims who lived on properties managed by Escamilla and had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

Victims had complained of repeated sexual advances in addition to Escamilla exposing himself to a victim.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who may have been one of these victims to come forward and contact the Office’s Criminal Investigations Division at (210)335-6070.







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Kerrville murder suspect dies in hospital from self-inflicted gunshot wound after standoff with police

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KERRVILLE, Texas — The murder suspect who was engaged in a standoff with police earlier today has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A press release from the Kerrville Police Department says 45-year-old Fernando Rolon Jr. was found inside the Rio 10 Theater with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.







Rolon was suspected of fatally shooting a female victim, identified as 38-year-old Melissa Villagrana, in a Walmart parking lot located at 1216 Junction Highway.

The release says Rolon was a Walmart employee and knew Melissa, who was also a Walmart employee.

Officers and investigators located Rolon’s vehicle at the Rio 10 Theater.







After attempting to negotiate with Rolon, he remained barricaded inside the theater and refused to surrender himself to law enforcement.

Members of the KPD Special Operations Unit reportedly made entry into the theater and delivered tear gas into the theater to convince Rolon to surrender.







Rolon remained concealed inside the theater.

After almost 12 hours the KPD Special Operations Unit was relieved by a Texas Department of Public Safety SWAT Team.

The SWAT Team continued a methodical search of the theater and located Rolon at approximately 2:55 p.m.

He was found concealed inside the theater suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Rolon was reportedly transported via ambulance to the Peterson Regional Medical Center.

The release states he was treated in the emergency room but was later pronounced deceased by a Justice of the Peace.

An investigation is currently being handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, and the Kerrville Police Department.

Texas Breaking News will update you once more information is available.

You can read our original story on this incident here.

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