Baker Hughes said the average U.S. rig count for the month was 1,781, up 15 from the July count but down 113 from August 2012.
U.S. crude oil production in July increased to 7.5 million barrels per day, the highest level in more than 20 years, the U.S. Energy Department said
North American oil production has increased steadily, partly because of new drilling technologies that give energy companies better access to oil and natural gas locked in shale formations.
Internationally, Baker Hughes said the rig count for August was down 38 from 1,305 reported in July and up six from the 1,261 reported in August 2012.
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