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BP strike seen as victory for future generations

WHITING — Strikes aren’t anything like they used to be in a more rough-and-tumble era. Striking workers who picketed outside the BP Whiting Refinery for the last few months didn’t swear, or march up and down the picket line. They didn’t throw nails outside the gate, bust windows or park junk cars on the railroad tracks where oil tank cars ...

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U.S. private sector adds 169,000 jobs in April: ADP

U.S. private employers added 169,000 jobs last month, the fewest since January 2014 and far below economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs. March’s private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 175,000 jobs from the previously ...

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100 layoffs at Pioneer

TRINIDAD — Citing a continued drop in natural gas prices worldwide and the recent collapse of crude oil prices, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has announced 100 layoffs at its Trinidad field office. The company also will shutter its Denver office. The local layoffs are nearly half of the existing workforce at the Trinidad facility. The Las Animas County commissioners expressed ...

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Pioneer to close Denver office

Another energy company is leaving the Denver area, and it’s taking about half of its jobs with it, the Denver Business Journal reports. Pioneer Natural Resources announced yesterday that it will close its Denver office and cut about 100 jobs at its Trinidad field office “as a result of continued weakness in natural gas prices and the recent collapse of ...

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Energy Pipeline: Field Worker Profile — Therese DeBenedette

Name: Therese DeBenedette Hometown: Boulder Where do you live? Arvada Company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation How long have you been working in northeastern Colorado? Since August 2013 (1.5 years) What is your job title and duties? I am an engineering technologist, which basically means I organize, merge and analyze data and provide tools for engineers, operators and management to better manage ...

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Dow Chemical to trim about 3 percent of global workforce

BATON ROUGE, La. — Dow Chemical, which has several facilities in Louisiana, will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp. The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions over the ...

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Ohio infrastructure sees no slow down

While oil and natural gas prices have affected the industry greatly, oil and gas companies in Ohio are still investing billions into new infrastructure. According to a report published by Bricker & Eckler LLP, a Columbus, Ohio-based law firm, investments in oil and gas infrastructure has increased by $6 billion since last fall.  The increase is driven by the development ...

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First quarter saw Hercules’ workforce down by 40 percent

Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ:HERO) is having a rough 2015. Market conditions have put the offshore service company in a tough spot, and it received word in March that it was at risk of losing its NASDAQ listing. Now Hercules has reported that it has cut 40 percent of its workforce since the beginning of the year. Chief Executive Officer John Rynd ...

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Houston: What oil slump?

Oil prices have yet to damper the Houston area’s economic optimism, KHOU reports. According to responses to Rice University’s annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, positive ratings of local job opportunities jumped from 60 percent in 2014 to 69 percent today. Rice University sociologist Stephen Kline said the opinions expressed accurately reflect the area’s unemployment rate; from February 2014 to February ...

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U.S. jobless claims at lowest level since 2000

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week dropped to the lowest level since 2000, suggesting March’s moderation in job growth was likely an aberration. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 262,000 for the week ended April 25, the lowest reading since April 2000, the Labor Department said on ...

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