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Private-sector hiring accelerated in December to 257,000, ADP says

Private-sector hiring accelerated in December to 257,000, ADP says

Companies accelerated their hiring in December, adding a robust 257,000 net new jobs in a sign that the labor market finished last year strong, according to a report Wednesday from payroll firm Automatic Data Processing. The job growth figure exceeded analyst expectations. It was the most net new private-sector jobs since December 2014 and a big jump from a downwardly ...

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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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New Mexico No. 1 in joblessness

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New Mexico had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in November, while growth in the number of new jobs in the state was flat, according to labor figures released Friday. The state’s rate of 6.8 percent for November was unchanged from the month before, but New Mexico’s failure to improve pushed it to the No. 1 spot, according to ...

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Unemployment rates fall in 27 US states amid broad hiring

In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, a shopper walks past a store with a "Help Wanted" sign in the window, in New York. The Labor Department said Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 that jobless rates fell in 27 states, rose in 11, and were unchanged in 12 states. Employers added jobs in 35 states, while employment fell in 14. Montana’s job total was flat last month. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in more than half of U.S. states in November as employers stepped up hiring. The Labor Department said Friday that jobless rates fell in 27 states, rose in 11, and were unchanged in 12 states. Employers added jobs in 35 states, while employment fell in 14. Montana’s job total was flat last month. The widespread ...

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Shell plans to shed 2,800 jobs after buying BG Group

Shell's company logo is pictured at a gas station in Zurich April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell says it expects to cut 2,800 jobs once it completes its takeover of rival BG Group. The losses amount to about 3 percent of the combined workforce, and come on top of Shell’s previously announced plan to shed 7,500 staff and contractor positions. Shell agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ...

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US economy adds healthy 211K jobs; unemployment at 5 pct.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows this month. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 211,000 jobs, led by big gains in construction and retail. And the government revised up its estimated job growth for September and ...

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Noble plans to lay off up to 130 employees

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Noble Drilling plans on a round of layoffs as it prepares to stack a semi-submersible rig, according to Rigzone. In a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company says it will lay off between 120-130 employees and stack its Noble Jim Day rig. The Sugar Land-based company is set to begin layoffs January 26. The process will take ...

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

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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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Schlumberger to cut more jobs as drilling downturn bites

The exterior of a Schlumberger Corporation building is pictured in West Houston January 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Richard Carson

NEW YORK – Oil service company Schlumberger <SLB.N> announced another round of job cuts on Tuesday, adding to 20,000 already this year, as low oil prices and a slowdown in drilling was expected to continue into next year. The layoffs, which will incur a pretax restructuring charge of about $350 million in the fourth quarter, are the latest sign of ...

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U.S. Steel to lay off 2,000 in Illinois


GRANITE CITY — A total of 2,000 steelworkers in Illinois found out they’d lose their jobs the week of Thanksgiving. U.S. Steel announced it will temporarily idle its Granite City Works steel mill outside of St. Louis. The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, which lost $173 million in the third quarter, has been warning it could close the Granite City plant since at ...

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