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Shale Jobs Are Drying Up in the Permian Basin

  • Radio ads touting Permian Basin jobs have all but disappeared
  • Ripples from downturn in drilling hurts oil-support industries
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Signs of a Shale Slowdown Permeate Permian Basin

Barry Marks can hear the Permian Basin slowing down.

It’s right there on country-music station 96.1 FM in Odessa, Texas, where commercials for shale-patch jobs used to fill the airways. Those kinds of radio ads have fallen by two-thirds, said Marks, the general manager for ICA Broadcasting LLC, which runs five stations in the area.