According to Baker Hughes, Louisiana did not gain any oil and gas rigs this week nor did it report any losses.

The rig count did increase nationwide by a count of six rigs bringing the total of active exploration oil and gas rigs to 1,776.  A year ago there were 1,924 active rigs while the rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and reached it's lowest count of 488 in 1999.

In the weekly report the Houston-based company said 1,401 rigs were exploring for oil and 369 for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were each unchanged.Oklahoma gained five rigs; Texas gained three rigs; Colorado gained two; and California and West Virginia each added one.

Kansas and North Dakota each lost three rigs, and Alaska, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each lost one.