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EDITORIAL: Why craft beer startups matter to Erie

ERIE, Pa. — A new cluster of businesses has emerged in Erie, a good sign for fostering a startup culture and bolstering our tourism appeal. As Jim Martin reported on Nov. 21, northwestern Pennsylvania has become part of the fast-growing craft beer business. There are now 11 craft brewers in the region and eight of those breweries, including Five & ...

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Demand outstrips NM job creation

The counter-cyclical direction of New Mexico’s rising unemployment rate summarizes the state’s economy in 2015, said Jeffrey Mitchell, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico. “The national economy is creating jobs at a slightly higher rate than people are joining the labor force,” he said. “The national unemployment rate clicks down a ...

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Bill Nye talks climate change at Clay Center

Bill Nye made clear his position on slowing climate Thursday evening as he spoke to a packed auditorium of nearly 2,000 people at the Clay Center. “The sun and the wind can change the world,” he said. Though some are still skeptical of climate change, Nye laid out the myriad factors exacerbating the release of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s ...

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Ministry connects workers, jobs

Times were good when First Baptist’s oilfield ministry began last October. It was the Permian Basin International Oil Show, and a group of Christians joined to distribute some 7,000 Bibles tailored specifically to oil men from nearby the event. An oil price slide during the following months would hammer the industry, and First Baptist “boom pastor” Jesse Gore — to ...

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Houston company rewards employees with $100K bonus

Despite steep investment cuts and project cancellations from oil companies around the world, one Texas company awarded employees with a sizable bonus. Hilcorp Energy Co. gave every eligible employee a cash award of $100,000 for meeting its goals set five years ago. The Houston-based energy company’s “Dream 2015” plan was a five-year incentive program that began in 2011 and awarded ...

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NE Ohio will see addition of 123,000 jobs over the next decade

YOUNGSTOWN — The Northeast Ohio area is expected to see 123,000 jobs added over the next decade. Team NEO’s latest Cleveland Plus Economic Review looks at occupations in the 18-county region of Ohio. The report, released Tuesday, found there will be 85,000 health care job openings by 2025. The area will have a total of 640,000 job openings over the ...

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Baker Hughes lays off 67 workers

FARMINGTON — Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping on Southside River Road in Farmington laid off 67 workers on Tuesday citing low oil and gas prices on the commodities market. Robert “Kevin” Jones, district manager for Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping, said in a phone interview that he learned of the layoffs Tuesday morning in a text message. Jones is on short-term disability ...

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Editorial: President agenda is anti-shovel-ready

President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of “shovel-ready” jobs. It was the modern “chicken in every pot” but never quite panned out. “Shovel-ready was not as, uh, as shovel-ready as we expected,” Obama quipped in 2011, conceding the pledge seemed beyond his grasp. Today, his platform can be described as anti-shovel-ready. The president took to a White House lectern ...

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