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10. Oklahoma

Net Job Creation: 37,000

A key energy-producing state, Oklahoma has more than 1,300 companies in the oil and natural gas sector, including Chesapeake Energy, the nation’s second-largest gas producer. Nevertheless, Oklahoma enjoyed diverse job growth during the period, despite a below-average GDP growth rate. Payrolls shrank in the information, construction and general services categories. It was one of a small group of states to post an increase in government payrolls.

Trade, Transportation, Utilities: 10,200
Manufacturing: 8,600
Professional & Business Services: 7,300

Pictured: an oil worker at an Oklahoma refinery.

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