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U.S. Steel warns it may lay off almost 2,000 workers in Alabama, Texas

U.S. Steel Corp. said it will curtail production at pipe-making plants in Alabama and Texas and may lay off almost 2,000 workers because of “softening market conditions” in the oil and gas industries. The announcement Monday highlights the fallout from the global collapse in oil prices and rising competition for pipes, U.S. Steel’s most profitable product. The Downtown-based steelmaker said ...

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Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand

Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool. Stock awards, sign-on bonuses, unlimited vacation and travel stipends are increasingly becoming necessary for companies looking to attract top candidates, recruiters say. “Sometimes, we get so lost in it, they have so much they’re trying to ...

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Texas unemployment rate slips to 4.6 percent in December

AUSTIN, Texas — Statewide unemployment slipped to 4.6 percent in December for a fourth straight month of declines and the lowest jobless figure since May 2008, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The November jobless rate was 4.9 percent, according to commission figures. Texas unemployment was 6.0 percent in December 2013. Gov. Greg Abbott praised the latest unemployment figures and ...

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Shale sector won’t gut area workforce

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Shale gas companies have started dialing back on spending to help offset a sudden drop in prices, but analysts don’t expect wide-scale layoffs and shutdowns in Appalachia like those prompted in other areas by the oil crash. “Gas prices were already depressed, so Marcellus operators already were running lean and mean,” said Andrew Byrne, director of North American equity analysis ...

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OSHA investigating Bakken oil patch death

The North Dakota oil patch has lost another oil and gas worker, according to The Bismarck Tribune. An employee for C&D Oilfield Services who has not been identified was found dead on January 15 on the catwalk of an oil well tank battery, says Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Director Eric Brooks. OSHA is currently investigating the incident. ...

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U.S. jobless claims off seven-month high; oil layoffs watched

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week from a seven-month high, pointing to continued improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 307,000 for the week ended Jan. 17, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That reversed the bulk of the prior week’s ...

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Bakken: 2015 is off to a deadly start

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reporting that North Dakota has seen as many oil and gas related deaths this year as the entirety of last year. The figures for 2015 date back to October 1. KX News reports that OSHA tracks the data from October 1 of one year to September 30 of the next. The last ...

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Low oil prices a mixed bag for Louisiana jobs

Low oil prices have begun to put some Louisianans out of work. Fox 8 News reports that although most businesses tied to the oil and gas industry in the Energy Corridor aren’t affected yet, a slowdown has begun. A few rigs have already shut down operations, leaving a few hundred people laid off. Just last week, Halliburton announced layoffs in ...

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Baker Hughes to cut 11 percent of workforce in 2015

A week after Halliburton announced the company is making job cuts, its pending partner Baker Hughes has followed suit. The Houston-based company announced in a statement that it will be cutting about 7,000 jobs globally as a result of falling oil prices, despite record profits in the fourth quarter 2014. The 7,000 jobs eliminated account for 11 percent of the ...

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Two men injured in oil treater fire

Two men are in the hospital for severe burns after an oil treater caught fire in Mountrail County, North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Kyle Stipcich, 27, and Jonathan Henderson, 30, of Williston-based Riverside Welding were injured around 1 p.m. on Friday. Both men were working inside a structure that houses oil treatment equipment when it caught fire. The ...

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