SOURCE: Manufacturers' News, Inc.

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November 09, 2016 12:15 ET

Oklahoma Industrial Job Losses Intensify in Second Straight Year of Decline

EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwired - November 09, 2016) - Oklahoma lost industrial jobs over the past year as falling oil prices continue to decimate the state's oil/gas extraction sector, reports the 2017 Oklahoma Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI's database of manufacturers, Oklahoma lost 4,736 jobs between September 2015 and September 2016, a 2.3% decline, and nearly double the loss MNI reported for the 2014-2015 survey period.

Oklahoma's 5,278 manufacturers employ 203,307 in the state, reports MNI. Between 2010 and 2014, the state's manufacturing sector added 10,645 jobs, or three-quarters of the recession's job losses, but employment has since fallen by 7,291 jobs or 3.5%.

"Gas prices have bottomed out and this has affected not only Oklahoma's oil/gas extraction sector, but other industries that supply it, such as industrial machinery and fabricated metals," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "However, low business costs have drawn a few new manufacturers to the state."

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Losses were largely led by Oklahoma's oil/gas extraction sector, which shed 3,389 jobs or 8.7%. This is the industry's second straight year of losses, after rising 43% over a five-year period from September 2009 to September 2014. Oil/gas extraction currently ranks as the state's largest sector by industrial employment, with 35,698 jobs.

The second-ranked industrial machinery sector also posted a loss, down 2.4% to 35,544 jobs, while the fabricated metals sector declined 3.1% to 24,216.

Most other Oklahoma industries lost jobs over the year, reports MNI, with lumber/wood down 6%; furniture/fixtures, down 4.7%; printing/publishing, down 4%; chemicals, down 3.8%; primary metals, down 2.9%; and paper products, down 2.6%.

MNI reports job losses were more severe in the western half of the state, with employment down 4.4% in Southwest Oklahoma to 23,998 jobs, and down 3.8% in Northwest Oklahoma to 66,334 jobs. The state's Southeast region saw a loss of 2.3%, and now accounts for 18,663 jobs, while employment was little changed in the Northeast, now home to 94,328.

City data collected by MNI shows Tulsa ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 49,868 workers, with no change reported over the past year. Oklahoma City is a close second, with 46,029 jobs, down 3.7%.

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