Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Employment Falls despite Rising Number of Goods-Producing Jobs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Employment Falls despite Rising Number of Goods-Producing Jobs

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Oklahoma lost 13,600 jobs in July despite an increase in goods- producing jobs, according to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Total non-farm employment for the month totaled 1,508,900, down 13,600, or 0.9 percent, from 1,522,500 in June.

Good producing jobs increased 1,500 in July to 276,900, from 275,400 for June, according to a monthly report from the commission.

The goods-producing gain came as mining added 300 jobs in July from June to 33,200, construction added 600 to 67,300 and manufacturing increased by 600 to 176,400.

Service-producing jobs were down 15,100, or 1.2 percent to 1,232,000 from 1,247,100 in June.

Most of the drop in service-producing jobs was in government, which was down 13,400 in July to 282,300, or 18.7 percent of total state jobs. Federal jobs for July were down 200 from June to 46,100, state jobs were down 2,000 to 74,600 and local government jobs fell 11,200 to 161,600.

The state's four Metropolitan Statistical areas accounted for 9,200 of the decrease in jobs in July from June, according to the commission. …

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