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Oklahoma economy added nearly 50,000 jobs, as wages rose by 6%

Oklahoma businesses and governments added more than 47,000 workers in 2022, but the unemployment rate ticked higher last year as more people sought work.

The latest state-by-state unemployment figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics were released on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the bureau released figures about job openings in each state in November, showing there are still far more openings in Oklahoma than job-seekers.

Here’s what to know:

More workers in Oklahoma

The state ends 2022 with 1,702,600 workers on non-farm payrolls, seasonally adjusted. That was up from 1,655,200 in December 2021. The increase was 2.9% year over year. Total non-farm employment in December 2020 was 1.625 million; in December 2019, it was 1.705 million.

Government employment grew by about 5,000 workers year over year, with about 350,000 people employed in that sector — the state’s largest — at the end of the year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector added 10,000 jobs year over year, Education and Health Services added 7,000; Trade, Transportation and Utilities — the largest non-government sector, with 327,000 workers — added nearly 10,000 jobs; Financial Activities added about 3,000 jobs; Professional and Business Services added less than 1,000; Construction added more than 3,000; Manufacturing added 5,000; and Mining and Logging added about 3,400.

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