O&G (Including Marcellus/Utica) Faces Big Hiring Challenge

A recent story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out the ups and downs of working in the oil and gas business. It is a cyclical business–with booms followed by busts. Always has been, always will be. When the shale industry took off some 10 years ago in PA, the industry couldn’t find enough people to fill the open positions. Then came a crash in prices two years ago, and along with it, massive layoffs. Not only in the Marcellus/Utica, but nationwide. According to Halliburton, a company that routinely hires tens of thousands, and then lays off tens of thousands, at the end of each cycle, when new hiring begins, some 30% of those who previously lost their jobs say “no thanks” to the industry when the help wanted signs go up again. Can you blame them? Thing is, we’re now beginning a new upswing in the hiring cycle. So the question is, will there be enough workers for the Marcellus/Utica region?…

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