As many as 82 more Bakersfield oil workers may be laid off in February, according to their Houston-based employer, C&J Energy Services.
The company sent notice to local authorities Wednesday it was unsure exactly how many of its employees would be let go from its local headquarters at 7515 Rosedale Highway. It said the layoffs would begin on or about Feb. 2 and continue for up to two weeks.
C&J says it is the nation’s second largest provider of well services. It performs well cementing, hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, among other services.
Petroleum producers have not escaped layoffs, but oil field service companies like C&J have borne the brunt of layoffs.
Staffing cutbacks are widely attributed to lower prices brought on by increased supply and lower demand for crude. Oil prices now stand at less than half what they were when the commodity’s global slide began in June of last year.
More than 2,000 Kern County oil workers have lost their jobs since December.