Sunday, July 26, 2015

WSJ: More Oil Industry Layoffs Coming

by Bill McBride on 7/26/2015 10:25:00 AM

From Lynn Cook at the WSJ: Sudden Drop in Crude-Oil Prices Roils U.S. Energy Firms’ Rebound

U.S. energy companies are planning more layoffs, asset sales and financial maneuvers to deal with a recent, sudden drop in U.S. crude-oil prices to under $50 a barrel, the lowest level in four months.
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Nearly 50,000 energy jobs have been lost in the past three months on top of 100,000 employees laid off since oil prices started to tumble last fall, according to Graves & Co., a Houston energy consultancy.
Oil PricesClick on graph for larger image

This graph shows WTI and Brent spot oil prices from the EIA. (Prices Friday added).  According to Bloomberg, WTI was at $48.14 per barrel on Friday, and Brent at $54.62.

Prices are down about 50% year-over-year.

The second graph shows the prices over the last few years.

Oil PricesSome producers stopped cutting when prices started to rebound, but now prices are declining again - and there will probably be more layoffs in the oil sector.

Note: Several oil producing states are already in recession such as North Dakota, Oklahoma and Alaska, but overall lower oil prices will be a positive for the U.S. economy.