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
Professional & Business Services: 7,300
Pictured: an oil worker at an Oklahoma refinery.