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LWC data reflects oil, gas industry job losses

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has released the state’s latest employment data, representing March’s workforce numbers, and the information reflects the job-loss trend in the oil and gas industry. Louisiana’s seasonally-adjusted job counts for the mining and logging sector—where the oil and gas industry falls—decreased by 600, or 1.2 percent, from February to March this year. Over the last year, ...

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Texas jobless rate holds steady at 4.2 percent in April

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month’s statewide jobless figure compares to nationwide unemployment of 5.4 percent. Texas through March had seven straight months of unemployment rate declines. Amarillo had the state’s lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. Commission officials say McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ...

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More coal layoffs announced at Murray, Alpha

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Hundreds more West Virginia miners were told Friday that they were being laid off, in the latest blow to the already deeply troubled Appalachian coal industry. Alpha Natural Resources issued a statement announcing the “expected idling” of subsidiary Rockspring Development’s Camp Creek underground mine and processing plant in Wayne County and had given layoff notices to 439 employees at that ...

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Coast Guard: Fire on gulf oil platform; 28 evacuated

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard says 28 workers were evacuated from an oil production platform off Louisiana’s coast after a fire broke out. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana’s southeastern coast. Production was shut down and no injuries have been reported. The Coast ...

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Coal: Bankruptcies and more layoffs

For one CEO in the coal industry, bankruptcies and more layoffs are on the way to his company’s mines. During the North American Coalbed Methane Forum, Murray Energy Corp. Founder and CEO Robert Murray said in a speech that he expects there to be a coal bankruptcy disclosed and that the entire industry will begin restructuring, which will in turn ...

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Workplace safety case lingers

FORT EDWARD – The workplace safety violations case against Hyatt Ball Co. has advanced to the U.S. Department of Labor’s regional Office of the Solicitor. The move comes after the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to reach an agreement about how to settle the issue of 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws discovered during ...

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Oil field money: What you can do with it


Although times have been tough for those working in the oil and gas industry, there is one significant advantage to having a job in the industry, specifically those working directly in the oil fields. Working in the oil and gas industry definitely has its negative side effects, including job stability, unpredictable hours and health and safety hazards. Working in the ...

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Frank’s International confirms layoffs in Lafayette

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LAFAYETTE, La. — Frank’s International is laying off 150 of its employees in Lafayette, part of the company’s global effort to trim its workforce by 400 to 600 workers. According to local media reports, the layoffs are coming at the company’s Lafayette complex near U.S. Highway 90. Employees were informed Tuesday. Frank’s announced March 31 it would pare its employee ...

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Industry leaders award $83K in scholarships

CORPUS CHRISTI — Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company awarded scholarships to 62 South Texas students Monday. Spokeswoman Darcy Schroeder said the scholarships are meant to help the petroleum industry “deepen (its) workforce.” “It really allows kids to get excited about science and technology,” she said. Fifty two high school students received $1,500 scholarships each to the colleges and ...

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