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Halliburton closing Minot facility, transferring many jobs

MINOT, N.D. — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton is suspending operations at its facility in Minot and transferring many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson. Spokeswoman Susie McMichael says the company will shut down the Minot facility on April 1 due to “changing business needs from its customers.” Halliburton isn’t saying how many of the ...

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62 jobs cut in Ohio

American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) is retiring an older, coal-fired power plant in Ohio and to start the process, is letting go of 62 employees. The plan is for the units to be retired in May to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations known as Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. AEP has given a 60-day closure notice ...

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Jury: Schlumberger should allow veteran’s service dog

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A jury ruled Monday that Schlumberger should have allowed its employee, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, to bring his golden retriever-pit bull mix to work. Juan Alonzo-Miranda requested he be allowed to bring his dog, Goldie, to work May 8, 2012. Although the company gave him permission Dec. 3, 2012, they wouldn’t let him go through the front door, said ...

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Wait— How many jobs cut?

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At this point in the oil slump, dreaded jobs cuts hardly come as a surprise anymore; this week, Talisman Energy let go of 200 employees while Neven energy cut 400. But how many total American jobs have low oil prices cost? A recent Forbes article estimates at least 75,000—about 12 percent of the nation’s oil and gas workforce—so far. According ...

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Drop in price of oil affecting area jobs

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – While the price per barrel of oil continues its downward trend, the number of unemployment claims by workers in the oil and gas industry has gone up. Texas Workforce Commission data shows 6,814 oil and gas workers filed unemployment claims from Nov. 1-Feb. 19, while the total number of claims filed in the state was almost ...

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Oil shale company employees protest ‘surprise lay-offs’

AMMAN — A number of Jordan Oil Shale Company (JOSCO) employees gathered outside its premises in Amman on Tuesday to protest against a decision to lay them off. Sufian Nimri, one of the employees that were laid off and the protesters’ spokesperson, said JOSCO took the decision on Sunday. “We went to the company to work and they told us ...

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Colorado unemployment rate spikes are due to seasonal employment


After a steady march downward, Weld County’s unemployment rate began to creep up in January, while Colorado’s rate remained flat. Colorado’s unemployment, adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, stayed at 4.2 percent from December to January while the Weld rate, which is unadjusted for seasonal fluctuations, rose to 4.2 percent in January from 3.9 percent in December, according to the Bureau of ...

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New Mexico unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent in January

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s unemployment rate is down. The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted rate in January was 5.9 percent, down from 6 percent in December and 6.7 percent in January 2014. The department reports that the state’s nonfarm employment had 10,200 more jobs in January compared with January 2014, an increase of 1.3 ...

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Where do Pennsylvania oil and gas drillers get their pipe?

State Sen. Jim Brewster was angry when he heard in June that U.S. Steel was about to close a plant in McKeesport that made pipe to transport natural gas. “When I have a plant shut down with 175 to 200 jobs, I have a problem with that,” said Mr. Brewster, a Democrat who is a former mayor of McKeesport and ...

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