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Tech colleges to aid state in manufacturing professionals shortage

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Wages for welding and manufacturing jobs in western North Dakota and Montana are at all all-time high and are steadily growing. The demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing sector has skyrocketed since the implementation of hydraulic fracturing brought thousands of jobs to remote areas of the United States four years ago. As the demand continues to grow it is ...

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Texas could lose 128,000 jobs

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Declining oil prices may be helping consumers at the pump and the US economy, but it could hit Texas a little harder than in other places. Fuel Fix reports, “If U.S. benchmark crude remains cheap at around $55 a barrel, the state could lose 128,000 jobs by the middle of 2015, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas model ...

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School curriculum aims to produce energy workers

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s energy industry has developed a curriculum aimed at teaching fourth- and eighth-grade students about the state’s petroleum, coal, wind, hydropower, solar, biofuel and geothermal resources. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the idea began more than two years ago with the EmPower Commission, a group representing North Dakota’s various energy sectors. The Great Plains Energy Corridor at ...

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Enbridge Energy cuts jobs at midstream unit

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Enbridge Energy Partners LP is the next company in line to announce job cuts this year. According to the Houston Chronicle, in hopes to help cut costs, Enbridge Energy Partners is cutting jobs in its domestic gas pipelines and processing business unit.  The company cut less than 100 jobs. The job cuts will impact the company’s midstream unit, Midcoast Energy Partners LP, ...

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1,000 jobs disappear

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The Houston-based company, Halliburton Co., is planning an immediate cut of 1,000 jobs in the Eastern Hemisphere. According to Halliburton, the job cuts are unrelated to the company’s pending $35 billion purchase of Baker Hughes Inc., and it does not seem that any cuts will be made due to the transaction. Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir commented on the job cuts ...

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Crude fall raises prospects of layoffs in Wyoming

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CASPER, Wyo. — Falling oil prices are raising the prospects of layoffs in Wyoming’s oil patch as companies rush to cut costs. Wyoming sweet crude was trading at about $53 a barrel Thursday. The drop in prices carries widespread implications in Wyoming, where a recently revived oil industry has bolstered payrolls and state coffers. Industry executives and analysts say both ...

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30,000 jobs added to the payroll

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According to the latest ADP Regional Employment Report produced in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics Inc., private employers added 29,700 jobs to the Texas payroll during the month of November. Of the 29,700 jobs, 21,700 of them were in the service-producing sector.  The remaining 8,000 jobs fell in the goods-producing sector. James Aldridge of the San Antonio Business Journal reports, “By ...

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Feds focus crackdown on wage violations in shale gas industry

A two-year federal crackdown on overtime and wage law violations by companies working in the booming Appalachian shale gas industry resulted in back-payments totaling nearly $4.5 million to 5,300 workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The majority of violations uncovered by the Department of Labor involve miscalculation of overtime and the classification of employees, officials said Tuesday. The department began ...

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BP to spend $1 bln on thousands of job cuts

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LONDON, Dec 10 – BP will cut thousands of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring program announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices. The British oil major said it was also considering deeper cuts to its 2015 budget beyond the $1-$2 billion reduction already ...

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