Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Employment Decreased Slightly in June

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Employment Decreased Slightly in June

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By Ronda Fears

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Nonfarm wage and salary employment in Oklahoma dropped 0.6 percent to 1,201,400 jobs in June, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Commission.

Employment totaled 1,208,900 in June 1991. Last month's figures were also down 0.3 percent from the revised total of 1,205,000 for May.

Government jobs had the largest loss from May, while mining jobs _ mainly the oil and gas industry _ had the biggest drop from June 1991. Lost mining jobs also contributed to the monthly decline, while government jobs showed a net increase from June 1991.

The employment commission splits eight job sectors into two categories _ goods and services.

Mining, manufacturing and construction make up goods. Services is comprised of transportation and public utilities; wholesale and retail trade; finance, insurance and real estate; general services, such as lodging, business and personal services and health and educational services; and federal, state and local government.

Services employment was estimated at 961,800 in June, a gain of 0.5 percent or 4,900 jobs from 956,900 in June 1991. However, it was down 0.3 percent or 2,800 from 964,600 in May.

Goods employment was estimated at 239,600 in June, down 4.9 percent or 12,400 jobs from 252,000 in June 1991. It was also down 0.3 percent or 800 from 240,400 in May.

Overall, gains of 5,600 jobs in June in other employment sectors failed to offset the 9,200 jobs lost from May. From June 1991, the loss of 14,500 jobs more than erased 6,500 jobs added.

An estimated 36,700 mining jobs were reported for June, 14.8 percent or 6,400 jobs less than 43,100 in June 1991. It was the biggest loss of jobs for the year-tote period, almost doubling the second largest loss of 3,900 in manufacturing. …

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