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Oil drillers are expanding again after losing half-million jobs

Suppliers to oil companies have terminated the majority of the thousands of jobs, lost in the oil industry over the past two and a half years, according to consultant company Graves & Co.

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The oil industry is expected to boost spending for the first time in three years after slashing almost half a million jobs globally during the downturn, according to industry consultant Graves & Co.

More than three quarters of the 440,131 oil jobs eliminated around the world through the end of 2016 came from the oilfield service providers, drilling contractors and equipment makers, said John Graves, whose Houston firm assists in oil and gas deals with audits and due diligence. He has tracked announcements of layoffs from all parts of the oil industry since the downturn began in the middle of 2014. Roughly a third of the cuts came in the US, Graves estimates.

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