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National Oilwell Varco closing Louisiana facility

National Oilwell Varco headquarters in Greater Sharpstown, Houston. (Image: WhisperToMe via Wikimedia commons)

HOUMA, La. — National Oilwell Varco, a manufacturer and parts supplier to the oil and gas industry, is shutting down its facility in Houma, Louisiana, and that will put 80 employees out of work. The Louisiana Workforce Commission tells The Advocate the layoffs at the facility started Monday, and will continue in phases until NOV shuts down sometime between March ...

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5 oilfield jobs still in demand in 2016

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Extended periods of plummeting oil prices have had a noticeable effect on the oil industry, with many oil companies decommissioning multiple rigs during 2015. While the oil industry is no longer being referred to as “booming” by most media outlets, it is not going away completely, and many oilfield jobs are still in demand. As current workers retire and leave ...

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Oil slump weighing on housing markets in Texas, North Dakota

There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom. Home sales are down sharply this year in North Dakota and the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. Home sales have also slowed in El Paso, and, more recently, in Houston. The ...

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Alaska gains nearly 2,600 jobs during first 6 months of 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska gained nearly 2,600 jobs in the first half of the year, or a .8 percent gain from the same time in 2014. The state labor department released the figures Tuesday. On average, 335,300 Alaskans were working every month from January through June of this year. Employers paid $9 billion in wages during that time, a 2.1 ...

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Low oil and gas prices mean a daily struggle

FARMINGTON — This year has not been an easy one for local oil and gas companies and those providing support services. It’s been a year of layoffs and cutbacks without any change predicted for the immediate future. In April, ConocoPhillips announced local layoffs, followed by similar announcements from local yards like Halliburton on Main Street, and, most recently, Baker Hughes ...

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Signs of steady US economy: Rising pay and solid job market

WASHINGTON — Americans’ pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding. A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates. Consumers appear relatively confident in the economy and may ...

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Halliburton lays off employees in Duncan

DUNCAN — Several former employees of Halliburton showed up to the Duncan branch of Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Thursday claiming the company had laid them off. OESC Center Manager Chris Moore said as of 10:45 a.m. Thursday about 30 people who said they were laid off from Halliburton had filed paperwork at his office. “There were already several people waiting ...

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Jobseekers invited to LAGCOE Career Fair in Lafayette

Times are tough to those who make a living from the fossil fuel industry, but O&G prospects and professionals will have a free opportunity to scope out jobs and network at the 2015 LAGCOE Career Fair next week. The event will take place in Lafayette’s Cajundome Convention Center October 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recruiters from hiring companies ...

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Jobless rate nudges up

Unemployment nudged up slightly for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in July to 6.3 percent as the region struck an all-time high in total nonfarm jobs. The region hit a record of 266,300 nonfarm jobs in July, besting the past high of 263,900 jobs in the summer of 2007, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. ...

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