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Drug screenings show shift in workforce

The drug testing business Lou’s Clinical Lab noticed dual phenomena as the downturn set in: fewer people and thus, employers seeking such screens, but also — more people passing them. The picture that emerges in this microcosm of a drop in oil prices during the past year suggests more people looking for different jobs, employers becoming choosier about their workforce ...

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New faculty at Montana Tech

Montana Tech welcomed 15 new faculty recently to its staff at a recent employee dinner: Robert Pal — assistant professor, biological sciences; director of restoration ecology Pal earned a doctorate in biology, botany and plant ecology at the University of Pecs in Hungary and a master’s degree in agriculture. He participated in long term study programs in Israel, Denmark and ...

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TrainND oil & gas education facility to celebrate grand opening

The official celebration ceremony for the opening of the new $7.5 million TrainND Northwest Center at Williston State College will take place this Tuesday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. Although classes have been in session since August, there hasn’t been a proper display of accomplishment since the new training facility was completed. The TrainND Northwest Center combines classroom education with ...

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Big northwestern Pennsylvania employer warns of layoffs

ERIE, Pa. — One of the largest employers in northwestern Pennsylvania says it’ll reduce its workforce through retirements and layoffs. The Erie Times-News reports that Lord Corp. isn’t saying yet how many jobs will be cut or where. The North Carolina-headquartered conglomerate produces materials for industries including aerospace and oil and gas production. It employs about 3,000 worldwide. But it ...

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U.S. jobless claims fall to near 42-year low

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to a near 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the labor market despite the recent slowdown in hiring. The data released on Thursday provides a more upbeat check on the health of the labor market after last week’s monthly employment report ...

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2,000 more layoffs at U.S. Steel debated

U.S. Steel Corp. is putting 2,000 workers in Illinois on notice that they could be laid off as the company considers temporarily idling its Granite City Works to deal with sluggish sales. Granite City primarily supplies steel to the company’s Lone Star Tubular Works in Texas, which makes pipe for the oil and gas industry. Lone Star has reduced production ...

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Fracking’s fortunes: Wheeling area boasts nation’s fifth fastest-growing economy

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

Shale drilling is having a big impact on the economy in Wheeling, W.Va. It produced the fifth-fastest growing economy in the United States in and around Wheeling, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The three-county Wheeling area saw its gross domestic product grow by 9.5 percent from 2013 to 2014, the agency’s Bureau of Economic ...

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