The energy industry's development of the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas supported nearly 100,000 jobs in 2012, and the figure is expected to grow within a decade, said R.T. Dukes, managing director of EagleFordShale.com. Skilled labor is the most sought after in the industry. "We are seeing skilled labor demands for technicians, gas measurement, welders, pipefitters, oilfield services, hydraulic machinery operators, and other service workers," said Kenny DuBose, president of EagleFordShale.com.

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