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Fremont unemployment nears 1,300

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hasn’t seen much of a change in the past month—a 0.1 percent bump from February to March. While that change is neither great nor devastating, County 10 reports that Fremont County may have reason for concern. The county’s 6.2 percent unemployment rate ranks as the highest in the state this past month, with 1,295 people ...

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Weld unemployment rate drops slightly in March

The Weld County unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.2 percent in March, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment in its monthly look at the numbers. Throughout the year, Weld has seen job growth. In March 2014, the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, or Weld County, saw an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent; 142,858 people were employed in March ...

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BBB recognizes local companies in annual Torch Awards

Six northern Colorado businesses were honored for their workplace safety records, and three received 2015 Torch Awards for business ethics, from the Better Business Bureau of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming at its annual ceremony Tuesday in Loveland. Centennial Ag Supply Co. and Warkentin Electric, both of Greeley, were the Weld County recipients of the safety award; the other business ...

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Wyoming unemployment rate increases to 4.1 percent in March

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming’s unemployment rate has increased slightly to 4.1 percent. The March jobless rate is up from February’s 4.0 percent but is still lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says job losses in the oil and gas industry contributed to the increase in unemployment. The largest unemployment rate increases among counties ...

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Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil’s drop

HOUSTON (AP) — Halliburton has cut 9,000 jobs in about six months and is considering additional cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices reduce demand for its drilling help. That’s more than 10 percent of the Houston company’s workforce. Halliburton Co. executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. The company reported a loss of $643 million ...

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Energy Spotlight: Ryan T. Purpura

Ryan T. Purpura hopes to never do anything but legal work for the oil and gas sector. He also hopes to finish his career in Western Pennsylvania, where he grew up. Despite the recent slowdown in drilling activity because of low prices, the partner in Downtown law firm McGuire Woods’ energy section says both he and the business that flows ...

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Two-year degrees can really pay off

LOS ANGELES – Steven Polasck of Corpus Christi, Texas, liked math and science in high school. He considered attending a four-year college but ultimately decided to use his strengths to get a two-year degree in instrumentation from Texas State Technical College. He has not looked back. “I went to work on the Monday after graduation,” said Polasck, 27, who monitors ...

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Schlumberger announces further job cuts, cost reductions


The world’s largest oilfield services provider, Schlumberger Ltd., reported its lowest first-quarter profit within four years and subsequent additional job cuts, according to Bloomberg news. The profit decline and job cuts are a result of the company’s customers cutting costs and the drastic reduction in overall spending due to current market prices and drilling slowdown. In a statement made by ...

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