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Alaska oil and gas industry jobless claims up for seventh straight month

The sun sets behind an oil drilling rig in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jobless benefits claims are down in Alaska and across the country, but the same cannot be said for the state’s oil and gas sector. The lack of available work has boosted the number of former workers in the extraction and support industries who have filed for unemployment, according to the state labor department. Year-on-year increases in existing unemployment insurance claims ...

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Oil and gas sector tarnishes strong U.S. jobs report

NEW YORK – The U.S. oil and gas sector bled away more jobs last month as sustained low oil prices forced energy producers to reduce spending, suggesting that further pain may be ahead for the struggling industry. A roughly 50 percent drop in oil prices since June has pummeled the U.S. oil sector, prompting a quick drop in activity. The ...

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Most deaths in the oil and gas industry occur once workers leave the oilfield

Zack Ponce | Current-Argus N.M. HOBBS — Messaging is powerful and the overriding theme of Wednesday’s Southeast New Mexico Oil and Gas Safety Summit in Hobbs sent grown men’s jaws quivering. A two-minute video shown to an audience of around 400 attendees at the Lea County Event Center stuck chords with many. The point was clear: The overwhelming majority of ...

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Happiness is a hole in the ground: Oil & gas workers report lowest levels of depression


Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A research study published earlier this month examined the prevalence of clinical depression in the workforce and found oil and gas employees had reported some of the lowest overall levels of depression. The study, Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis, was led by Cincinnati researcher Lawson Wulsin and colleagues. The ...

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