NPR Series: Looking Up

10:01pm

Sun March 11, 2012
Looking Up: Pockets of Economic Strength

Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:47 pm

Oil workers on a drilling rig owned by Chesapeake Energy in Ohio. Students are flocking to the energy field.
Gus Chan The Plain Dealer/Landov

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Economists say many industries are looking up this year. But perhaps none has a better outlook than the energy sector.

New drilling technologies and rising fuel prices have generated a boom in drilling — and lots of high-paying jobs for people with the skills to work in the oil patch. On some college campuses, companies are so eager to find petroleum engineers that they are offering jobs to students even before they have graduated.

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4:23am

Sun March 11, 2012
Looking Up: Pockets of Economic Strength

Signs Of Recovery Emerge After A Long Downturn

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:08 am

While parts of the U.S. economy struggle, other sectors are seeing growth. Here, job seekers talk with recruiters at a career fair in Manhattan last month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Millions of Americans are still searching for jobs or facing home foreclosures. For them, the Great Recession drags on into its fifth year.

But for others, the U.S. economy is looking up.

Companies in certain sectors are buying equipment again and hiring workers. These pockets of strength — found in energy, technology, manufacturing, autos, agriculture and elsewhere — are helping invigorate the broader economy.

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