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Wyoming recruits unemployed energy workers for prison jobs

Prison walls, barbed wire and guard tower. (Image: Matthias Muller via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is encouraging workers who recently have lost their jobs in the state’s energy industry to consider applying for vacant state positions including prison jobs with the state Department of Corrections. Gov. Matt Mead says more than 2,400 state residents have lost jobs in the state’s energy industries since January. The state has ...

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More Texas jobs lost as oil bust continues

More Texas jobs lost to oil bust

More than 1,100 Texas jobs have been cut in the past few weeks, according to reports by the Texas Workforce Commission. Oil major BP plans to cut at least 500 jobs in Harris County this year. The layoffs are expected to happen in June at three Houston locations. BP spokesman Jason Ryan said about 4,000 total upstream jobs will be ...

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Peabody lays off 235 from northeast Wyoming coal mine

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — About 235 employees at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in northeast Wyoming are being laid off. The Gillette News Record reports that Peabody Energy announced the layoffs Thursday morning, citing financial difficulties from low coal prices and falling demand. The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the nearly 1,400 workers at North Antelope Rochelle. The mine in ...

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Wyoming losing people because of energy downturn

An oil pump on the side of the road in Wyoming. (Image: Mr Hicks46 via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More people are leaving Wyoming than are coming to the state in the wake of thousands of jobs being lost in the fossil fuels extraction industry, and it’s a trend that an economist doesn’t see reversing until oil and gas prices rebound. “We have to wait for oil and gas supply and demand to rebalance,” Wenlin ...

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Federal funds to aid layoff-hit Appalachian coal communities

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal communities hit hard by layoffs will get $45 million in federal funding to help them diversify their economies, create new jobs and retrain workers. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it’s part of a $65.8 million grant package through the Obama administration’s Partnership for ...

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Marcellus jobs market takes another beating

rig worker

Low natural gas prices just keep hitting oil and gas industry workers in the Marcellus Shale. The state Department of Labor figures show 2,262 fewer oil and gas jobs when comparing quarter two of 2015 to 2014. Cabot Oil and Gas announced in a press release  a 58 percent reduction to $325 million as opposed to $774 in 2015. The ...

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Devon Energy to lay off 1,000 workers, 700 in Oklahoma City

Devon Energy to lay off 1,000 workers, 700 in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy has announced plans to lay off about 1,000 employees — including about 700 in Oklahoma City. The oil and natural gas company said in a statement Tuesday that the layoffs are due to “the current commodity price environment” and an effort to reduce expenses in order to remain financially flexible and competitive. ...

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This week in ND jobs

Despite the downturn, there are still oilfield jobs available if you're willing to work hard! Photo: Pixabay.

Although many companies have cut positions or laid off employees over the last eighteen months, oilfield jobs haven’t dried up completely. Listed below are seven jobs in ND still open and waiting for your application. KLJ Solutions has a number of engineer positions open and recently posted with start dates immediately to early May. One position is located in Bismarck and requires two ...

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