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A Noble Energy rig off the south coast of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Cyprus Press and Information Office, File)

Noble to shutter Rosetta’s headquarters, lay off 65 as two firms merge

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Noble Energy will shutter Rosetta Resources’ headquarters in downtown Houston and lay off at least 65 of its employees as it prepares to acquire the small Houston-based independent producer.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. Refining, once regarded as a low-margin, accident-prone part of the energy industry, is doing better in part because of cheaper natural gas and domestic crude oil. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Chemical plants and refineries hoping to hire laid off oil and gas engineers

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The global oil slump is striking the upstream sector at a critical moment for downstream companies as they scramble to address a growing problem of a lack of qualified middle-management workers rising through the ranks, according to a new analysis by executive search firm Proco Global.
A man takes in pictures the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group Eugen Maersk ship, the world?s largest 397 m long container vessel, on February 20, 2008 in the French harbor of Le Havre, western France. AFP PHOTO ROBERT FRANCOIS (Photo credit should read ROBERT FRANCOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

La Porte dockworkers may keep jobs after terminal shutdown

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APM Terminals is shuttering its La Porte operations, but handing over the container and cargo-handling operations over to the Port of Houston Authority at the Barbours Cut terminal facility.
A man takes in pictures the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group Eugen Maersk ship, the world?s largest 397 m long container vessel, on February 20, 2008 in the French harbor of Le Havre, western France. AFP PHOTO ROBERT FRANCOIS (Photo credit should read ROBERT FRANCOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

APM Terminals to close operations, cut more than 100 port jobs near Houston

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In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Scott Reiss, head of human resources for APM Terminals in the U.S., said the company is permanently shutting down its operations at East Barbours Cut Boulevard by July 24 and eliminating 109 jobs in the process.
(Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

Statoil to cut 2,000 jobs, adding to Norway’s woes

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The job losses at Statoil, Norway’s No. 1 oil and gas producer, add to thousands more in the country’s offshore energy industry after crude collapsed in the second half of 2014
Floor hands David Vannapha, left, Mario Ramos, center, and Jose Garza make a pipe connection on the drill string on the Orion Perseus drilling rig near Encinal in Webb County, Texas, U.S., on Monday, March 26, 2012. The Perseus is drilling for oil and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale, a sedimentary rock formation underlying an area of South and East Texas. Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** David Vannapha; Mario Ramos; Jose Garza

Oil field services hit hard in jobs report

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The latest data suggests the worst may be over for upstream oil and gas production jobs, but the supply chain that supports that work is still getting hit.
A sign tower reaches toward the sky at the entrance to Schlumberger's Sugar Land campus. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Schlumberger cuts another 11,000 jobs in wake of oil crash

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Oil field services firm Schlumberger announced Thursday it plans to ax another 11,000 workers, kicking off what could be a second major wave of layoffs across the oil industry.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Wages for oil and gas workers are growing the slowest of any industry

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Falling oil prices and a slowdown in the energy sector have prompted wage growth in the oil and gas industry — as well as Houston at-large — to come to standstill, according to new data.
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A Tenaris Conroe employee lines up a stack of pipes so a Petibone forklift can pick the up to put into another pile waiting to be finished for sale Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Conroe.  (Nick de la Torre/Chronicle)

Hundreds more Houston-area jobs cut as oil-equipment demand falls

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Falling oil prices have prompted businesses affiliated with the the energy industry to announce more than 400 job cuts in the Houston area as demand for their products and services falls.
(oilfieldservicesgrandeprairie.com)

Oil layoffs slowed in March, but firms still say 12,800 jobs will get axed

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So far, Texas is outpacing every other state in planned layoffs, with 47,000 job cuts this year.