Employment picture mixed in Hockley County

While the county’s unemployment rate increased last month, there are still jobs out there. 

The local oil fields are  hiring and different sectors of that economy are experiencing growth.
Worley Welding Works, which employed as many as 125 people in 2012, is down to 105 employees, said Mike Worley, owner.

‘Everybody built too much equipment. We’ve had a six-month slow-up,’ Worley said.

But recent orders for eight trailers from Halliburton mean that Worley will be hiring more employees in the near future.

The company’s trailers are hauled to oil field sites across the country, including Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Worley is also building trailers for use in North Dakota.

He said a recent announcement by Halliburton that it will open a ‘supercenter’ facility in Brownfield for equipment and trucks bodes well for the area economy.

That facility will tie in with similar yards in eastern New Mexico.

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