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Oil-drilling rig will create jobs, but not so many year-round ones

When the Port of Seattle’s plan to moor Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling rigs at Terminal 5 was announced, a key selling point was the jobs that would be created.

The Port said it would mean hundreds of jobs. Shell’s contractor, Foss Maritime, said last month that 417 jobs had been created in the Puget Soundregion. And after the massive, 307-foot-tall Polar Pioneer arrived, the Port said the impact was even higher — 461 direct jobs.

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