US Jobs in Mining End 2017 Relatively Unchanged
Mining jobs in the U.S., which includes oil and gas extraction, dipped slightly in December by 1,700, according to data released Jan. 5 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More specifically, jobs in oil and gas extraction decreased by 1,100 while jobs in support activities for mining increased by 200. The steady trend of mining employment was evident throughout the majority of 2017. With the exception of October’s employment statistics (decrease in oil and gas extraction and support activities was 400 and 1,600, respectively) and the slight decreases in December, oil and gas employment in the U.S. increased for all of 2017.
In December, Noble Americas Corp. – part of Noble Group Ltd., a global commodity trader based in Hong Kong – announced it would be laying off more than 150 employees in its Texas and Connecticut offices ahead of the company’s sale to Switzerland-based Vitol. Those layoffs were expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.
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