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Oasis Petroleum has laid off nearly 50 workers in North Dakota, following several other significant job cuts at companies in the Bakken oil patch, according to Job Service North Dakota.

Whiting Petroleum Corp., which operates in North Dakota and Colorado, announced it cut 254 positions companywide earlier this summer.

Several dozen more jobs were cut in recent weeks between oilfield services and trucking companies, said Paula Hickel, workforce center manager at the Job Service office in Williston.

She said the layoffs seem to be part of the ebb and flow of the oil business.

“To start jumping to conclusions about the oilfield tanking doesn’t seem to be accurate,” she said. “Things are slowing down some compared to last year at this time, but we’re not seeing a huge reduction.”

The Oasis layoffs happened in mid-August. Hickel said the company did not provide a reason for the cuts.

A company representative was not immediately available to comment on Tuesday.

Following the Whiting layoffs, Job Service held two workshops for affected workers to learn about unemployment benefits.

Hickel said her office can help Oasis workers through its reemployment services program, and it’s already seen one person come through.

The Job Service office plans to hold its semiannual job fair on Sept. 11, and 70 companies have signed up. Hickel said the event will offer an opportunity for recently laid off workers to speak to employers about job opportunities.

The fair will take place from 2-6 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston.

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(Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8252 or amy.sisk@bismarcktribune.com.)

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