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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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Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

HOUSTON — The oil industry is mired in its latest bust, with thousands of jobs evaporating like flares flaming out over natural gas wells. But in Texas, education officials are preparing more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. The Houston school district is planning to expand its ...

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These real ‘ice road truckers’ drive across sea ice and tundra on the North Slope

When the highway ends for Alaska’s ice road truckers, the adventure is just beginning for the hearty souls who haul vehicles and freight across the North Slope on a network of frozen trails blazed across the desolate Arctic Ocean and tundra. The travelers include Barrow resident Arnie Arey, who a couple of years ago parlayed a hefty dividend from his ...

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Black lung debated during federal oversight hearing

House Democrats called for strengthening health and safety protection for miners to prevent black lung disease during a recent oversight hearing. They want the addition of tools needed to enforce safety standards and making it faster for miners to file a claim. During the hearing, two witnesses testified in support of legislative reforms to parts of the Robert C. Byrd ...

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