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More oil means more jobs at Continental Resources

Continental Resources is prepared to boost employment in its efforts to increase production.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: September 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: September 13, 2013
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Continental Resources Inc. this week said it is ahead of schedule on its effort to triple production from 2012 to 2017.

In many ways, just as important to Oklahoma City is that to support that growth, the company must also boost employment.

Warren Henry, Continental's vice president of investor relations, this week told me the company's employment likely will “more than double and less than triple” from 2012 levels.

“We're going to need people at all levels of the organization,” he said. “Primarily we're going to need technical people — geologists, engineers, professionals and accounting and finance.”

The timing is right for the Oklahoma City job market as Chesapeake Energy Corp. has announced plans for restructuring.

Continental already has created hundreds of jobs in Oklahoma City.

The company now has about 850 employees, including about 550 at its downtown Oklahoma City headquarters. Employment has almost doubled since the company relocated from Enid less than two years ago, Henry said.

Continental executives have said they moved the company to Oklahoma City largely because they thought it would help them more easily recruit the large number of quality employees it would need to support growth.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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