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Jobless rate nudges up

Unemployment nudged up slightly for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in July to 6.3 percent as the region struck an all-time high in total nonfarm jobs. The region hit a record of 266,300 nonfarm jobs in July, besting the past high of 263,900 jobs in the summer of 2007, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. ...

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28 Shreveport-area oil service employees losing jobs

SHREVEPORT, La. — A corporation that provides services for the oil and gas industry is laying off 28 employees at its Shreveport facility. Baker Hughes notified the state of the layoffs in a letter late last week. A copy was released Monday by Louisiana’s labor department. The company said the layoffs are the result of cutbacks in exploration, drilling and ...

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Halliburton to reduce its Artesia workforce

Layoffs have been announced at the Artesia location of Halliburton Co., due to current business conditions in the oil industry. William Fitzgerald, a Halliburton spokesman, said in an email that the company does not drill in Eddy County, but they do have two locations in Artesia. “Halliburton will continue to monitor the business environment and will adjust the size of ...

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Halliburton in Farmington lays off undisclosed number of employees

FARMINGTON — An undisclosed number of employees at the Farmington Halliburton Co. facility on East Main Avenue were laid off by the company this week. Company spokesman William Fitzgerald confirmed the terminations in an emailed statement on Thursday. “Halliburton has made adjustments to its workforce in Farmington based on current business conditions,” Fitzgerald said in the email. “Halliburton will continue ...

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Oilfield jobs put families in predicament

CARLSBAD — The oil field can be a magnet for a man looking for means to support and create a future for his family. To pursue it, though, could mean being separated from his family for weeks or even months at a time. The majority of workers who have relocated to Carlsbad have left their families behind. Instead of seeing ...

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Nonunion Employees: Bye-bye pension program

According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 21st, the United States Steel Corp. will be freezing employee pension benefits for all nonunion employees. By the end of this year, the U.S. Steel Corp. will move an estimated 1,300 employees to a 401K plan.  Sarah Cassella, the corporation’s spokesperson, explained that the decision was ...

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7 gifs from the oil field that prove even Joe Pesci couldn’t do the job

Without question, the oil and gas industry ranks among of the most tiring, intense and sometimes, dangerous fields of work. Flammable explosives are products at hand and the equipment used in the business looks more like industrial torture devices. It’s these elements that make oil and gas a prime candidate for internet insanity. Here are seven gifs birthed from the ...

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