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Surviving the slump: Snyder jobs still plentiful, but not in oil market

SNYDER — Plenty of jobs are still available, but fewer of them are oil-related. Scurry County’s unemployment rate has risen a percentage point or so in the past six months, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission. But at just over 4 percent, it’s still slightly below the state and national averages. Bill Lavers, executive director of the Development ...

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Rents dropping with downturn

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Odessa cost about 15 percent cost less in August than during the same month of 2014, reflecting a continuing drop amid the oil and gas downturn after years of tight apartment housing and rising costs. In August, an average one-bedroom in Odessa cost $850 per month, while a similar apartment in Midland cost $920, ...

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Study expects Wyoming trucking jobs to increase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Finding drivers for his small local trucking firm is one of the biggest struggles of Matt Davis’ job. “We are talking about $60,000-a-year jobs, and I can’t seem to get people to apply,” he said. “With everything going on in the oil fields, it’s a just a real pain to get qualified drivers.” Davis is the owner ...

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Study: Marcellus shale industry has ‘modest impact’ on creating local jobs

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Up to half of the drilling jobs associated with the Marcellus shale industry don’t go to local residents, and the industry has had only “modest impact” on overall employment numbers in the state, a new study commissioned by a Penn State University economist suggests. Tim Kelsey studied tax data from the state Department of Revenue from 2002 to 2011, the ...

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American adults get a D in science; 22% confuse astronomy and astrology

Americans get a D in science. So says the Pew Research Center, which issued a report Thursday on the state of the nation’s knowledge regarding some basic scientific facts. The public opinion and research organization quizzed a representative sample of U.S. adults on geology, physics and astronomy, among other topics. Out of 12 questions, the test-takers answered 7.9 correctly, on ...

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Report: 34 killed on job in Wyoming in 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A higher-than-average number of workers died on the job in Wyoming last year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday 34 people died at work in Wyoming last year. That’s up from 26 in 2013 and close to the recent high of 35 fatalities in 2012. Wyoming has been averaging 30 deaths on the job since 2008. ...

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Hundreds more job cuts announced in Texas

Texas can expect yet another wave of job cuts throughout the oil and gas sector as numerous firms have announced a combined 700 employee reduction in the upcoming months. Recently, ConocoPhillips announced a 10 percent reduction in its total labor force. According to a report from Fuel Fix, this equates to more than 500 positions in the Houston area, at ...

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Survey: Ohio hiring uptick to hit Columbus

It’s been a tense couple of months for job markets near major American shale plays, but The Columbus Dispatch reports good news could be on the horizon for unemployed Columbus-area residents. According to a quarterly Manpower survey, one-fourth of the area’s employers plan on opening their doors to new employees between October and December, while only 4 percent plan to ...

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