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About half of Alabama
Texas leads the United States in its
production of oil and natural gas. It is also a major producer of helium, salt,
sulfur, sodium sulfate, clays, gypsum, cement, and talc. Texas manufactures an
enormous variety of products, including chemicals and chemical products,
petroleum, food and food products, transportation equipment, machinery, and
primary and fabricated metals. In agriculture, Texas is also a national leader,
specifically in the production of cotton, cattle and cottonseed. Texas has more
farms, farmland, sheep and lambs than any other state in the U.S. Finally, Texas
is an important state in the area of commercial fishing, particularly for shrimp
The discovery of large oil deposits in Texas at the beginning of the twentieth
century brought the beginning of a technological economy to the state. The
energy boom of the 1970s brought immense wealth to the state. Falling oil prices
in the 1980s and 90s, however, meant massive layoffs and a near-collapse of the
real estate market in Texas. The population of Texas has continued to grow,
however, and the state is now the second largest in population in the country.
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