Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Area Gains 3,100 Jobs in Month

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Area Gains 3,100 Jobs in Month

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OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Oklahoma City's nonfarm employment increased by 3,100 jobs in April.

Total nonfarm employment for the six-county Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area in April totaled 509,000, up from 505,900 in March and gain of 13,000 from a year earlier, according to a monthly report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Area employment included 427,300 service producing jobs and 81,700 goods producing positions. Service producing employment was up 2,400 from March and 6,900 from April 1997 while goods producing jobs were up 700 from March and 6,100 from a year earlier. Manufacturing employment for the month totaled 55,700, a gain of 500 from March and 5,500 from April 1997. Mining employment, which includes oil and gas extraction, totaled 7,500 in the area for the month, up 100 from March and 300 from April 1997. Construction for the month totaled 18,500, up 100 from March and 300 from April 1997. Employment in transportation and public utilities for April totaled 25,300, up 200 from a month earlier and 1,100 from April 1997. Wholesale and retail trade employment for the month totaled 119,800, up 700 from March and 1,500 from a year earlier. Retail trade accounted for 95,700 jobs, up 100 from March and 1,800 from April 1997. Wholesale trade accounted for 24,100 jobs, down 300 from March and from April 1997. Finance, insurance and real estate accounted for 29,900 jobs in April, up 500 from March and 1,000 from April 1997. Services accounted for 148,100 jobs, up 1,000 from March and 2,800 from April 1997. Government employment in the Oklahoma City area for April totaled 104,200, unchanged from March but up 500 from April 1997. Federal government employment for the month totaled 26,600, unchanged from March but up 1,100 from April 1997. State employment in the area for April totaled 38,100, unchanged from March but up 500 from a year earlier. …

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