|By John Mangalonzo, Abilene Reporter-News, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The 33-year-old father of three was just one of nearly 60 people, mostly former employees of
"I'm struggling, man," Rodriquez said while filling out an application. "This line of work, it just fluctuates."
Rodriquez had high hopes when he took a job as a derrick hand at Ringo in January, a move he now regrets.
"I had a steady job working for Kohler. I was there for seven months when this came along," he said. "I thought about it and took the opportunity because they (Ringo managers) told me they had plenty of work. It was just one of those things: I took a chance because I was trying to make more money."
About 15 area employers from energy services companies to criminal justice showed up at the event. At least one of the employers, Workforce Solutions officials said, was looking to fill 20 positions.
"We were off the rig and fixing to start another one when they told us they shut the doors," Martin said, adding he tries to stay optimistic that he will soon find employment.
Workers picked up their last paychecks
Former Ringo floor hand
"I really hope I find a job here," Nicholson said.
Rodriquez said overall oil and gas activity has increased in the area, but there have been slowdowns when people lost their jobs.
"I have been laid off back in 2009 when the oil field slowed down," Rodriquez said, referring to a different company. "I was going to pursue a criminal justice career, but it (oil field) picked back up again so I went back to the oil field only to get laid off again."
"Our goal is to get you guys working again as soon as possible," Puls said.
Rodriquez is hedging his bets on finding a job. He is planning on getting a commercial driver's license through
"A CDL will open up a lot of opportunities for a lot more jobs," he said.
And there is optimism in the eyes and attitude of 20-year-old
"The worst thing that can happen is I don't find a job today," Pettijohn said. "But I'll get one tomorrow."
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