News that Halliburton is laying off 178 workers from its Grand Junction office is sobering, to say the least.

But it's not unexpected — and, thankfully, not the severe blow that it might have been if the local economy hadn't become better diversified in recent years.

Still, these are good-paying jobs and losing them will hurt. As the industry often points out when it touts its economic impact, every direct natural gas and oil job supports 2.7 other jobs elsewhere in the economy.

Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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