U.S. energy firms added the most oil and gas rigs in a week since January 2021 even as oil prices this week pulled back from a recent 28-month high.

The oil and gas rig count is its highest since April, Baker Hughes Co. said in its latest weekly report. The rig count has climbed over the past seven months, up 68% since falling to a record low of 244 in August 2020, according to data from Baker Hughes going back to 1940. The total count is still 47%, below this time in 2020.

More than half the U.S. oil rigs are in the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico where total units rose to about 216 this week, the most since May. So far this year, drillers have added 41 rigs in the Permian Basin. That compares with no rigs added in the basin during the same period last year.

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