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Texas jobless rate for November increases to 4.6 percent


AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas unemployment rate for November rose to 4.6 percent, the third straight month of statewide higher jobless figures, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The October jobless rate in Texas was 4.4 percent. Texas in September had 4.2 percent unemployment, according to TWC figures. The nationwide jobless rate for November was 5 percent. “Texas employers added ...

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Oilfield firm donates $172M in software to School of Mines

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Oilfield services company Schlumberger has donated $172 million worth of software to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to strengthen the school’s energy resources initiative. The Houston-based company provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry in areas such as western North Dakota’s oil patch. School officials say the software ...

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Local business settles OSHA case


FORT EDWARD — A. Hyatt Ball Co. has reached a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. The citations were issued in April, after an employee’s complaint resulted in an OSHA inspection of the company’s 1 School St. manufacturing facility. At last report, Hyatt Ball employed about seven people. The ...

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US economy adds healthy 211K jobs; unemployment at 5 pct.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows this month. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 211,000 jobs, led by big gains in construction and retail. And the government revised up its estimated job growth for September and ...

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U.S. Steel to lay off 2,000 in downstate Illinois


GRANITE CITY — A total of 2,000 steelworkers in Illinois found out they’d lose their jobs the week of Thanksgiving. U.S. Steel announced Monday it will temporarily idle its Granite City Works steel mill outside of St. Louis. The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, which lost $173 million in the third quarter, has been warning it could close the Granite City plant since ...

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Demand outstrips NM job creation


The counter-cyclical direction of New Mexico’s rising unemployment rate summarizes the state’s economy in 2015, said Jeffrey Mitchell, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico. “The national economy is creating jobs at a slightly higher rate than people are joining the labor force,” he said. “The national unemployment rate clicks down a ...

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Oil ministry job fair draws hundreds


More than 500 job seekers turned to the Rock the Oilfield Job and Resource Event in Midland on Friday, an event organized by local Christian groups in hopes of offering relief to workers displaced by the oil bust. Attendees offered accounts of the human toll wrought by the economic downturn driven by the region’s premier industry. One couple, Kurt and ...

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