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Halliburton To Cut At Least 5,000 Jobs

The Houston energy services giant cited weak oil prices as the main factor in the layoffs, which will affect all sectors of the company.


Convoy of Halliburton trucks head to Eagle Ford Shale. Photo by Dave Fehling

Houston-based Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The company is the world’s second-largest provider of oil and gas drilling services.

Halliburton says it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff. That represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees, based on its total workforce from the end of last year. The company says the cuts will come from all areas of its operations and that the moves are necessary because of the difficult market.

Oil prices plunged 60 percent from June to January, although they have recovered some of those losses recently.

Halliburton says the moves are not related to its pending acquisition of competitor Baker Hughes.

Halliburton competitor Schlumberger announced in January that it would eliminated 9,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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