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Oilpatch workers forced to adapt in post-recession Alberta

from CBC News

Josh Hibbert worked the rigs in Fort McMurray's oilpatch for years but when the economy crashed in 2008, he — like thousands of abruptly unemployed oil and gas workers — was forced to adapt. "It all went downhill after the 2008 economy crash, so going into 2009 that was a pretty dead industry," Hibbert, 36, recalled in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM. "Don't get me wrong, I loved the oilpatch. I loved the rigs, but when there is no work, your life changes. You go from expecting a certain quality of life to 'Now you've got to find something else.'" more

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