In response to the recent Eagle Ford Shale boom, the Coastal Bend area has seen a spike in interest for careers in the oil and gas industry.

On Dec. 7, numerous gas and oil businesses took part in a job fair held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. The fair was put on by Job News, a national recruiting firm. Job News estimated that nearly 2,000 jobs were filled as a result of the event.

“When it comes to things like what's happening with Eagle Ford Shale, a lot of businesses respond and grow from things like that,” Job News General Manager Kevin Robbins said.

Robbins described the interest as phenomenal.

“As far as turnout, it's been the most in our company's 20-year history,” Robbins said. “We're talking about job fairs nationwide, not just Texas.”

“It just shows you how many people are out there looking for a job,” Joe Ed Carrillo of Peeks, USA said.

While Carrillo was well aware of the need for work, he didn't expect such a great turnout.

“It's great,” he said. “There are people here looking for all kinds of work. Rig hands, entry-level work, as well as drivers.”

“The best part about it is that it's a very diverse group,” Robbins said. “There's a lot of women here and just about every age group.”