Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wage, Salary Employment Climbs by 2,200 in March

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wage, Salary Employment Climbs by 2,200 in March

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By David Page Managing Editor Non-farm wage and salary employment in Oklahoma increased by 2,200 in March, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

Statewide employment for March totaled 1,195,400, up 0.2 percent from 1,193,200 in February and up 1 percent from 1,183,900 in March 1990.

It was the second highest employment level for the state during March. The highest level for March was in 1982 when non-farm wage and salary employment totaled 1,241,000, the commission said in a monthly report.

Most major industry divisions either recorded additions or were unchanged for the month.

Services led the advance with an increase of 1,000 jobs from February.

Much of the increase in Services was in hotels and motels, amusement and recreation services and membership organizations. The empoyment for hotels and other lodging places increased to 3.9 percent to 10,700 in March from 10,300 in February.

Government employment increased by 600 jobs. Local government registered the majority of this increase, particularly local schools.

Wholesale-Retail Trade was up 500 in February, and Transportation-Public Utilities was up 300.

Manufacturing, construction and Finance-Insurance-Real Estate employment all were unchanged, despite numerous small additions and losses in individual components.

Mining was the only industry division to record a loss in employment for the month. Mining lost 200 jobs, all in the Oil and Gas Extraction component.

By industry sector, the March report also showed:

- Manufacturing employment for March totaled 167,600, or 14 percent of the total state non-farm wage and salary employment, unchanged from February and up 0.3 percent from 167,000 for March 1990. …

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