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Study Shows Oklahoma's Energy Sector Booming (Jun 22, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A study commissioned by the oil and gas industry shows Oklahoma's energy sector continues to boom and has added back nearly one-third of the jobs it lost during the recession.

The economic study by researchers at Oklahoma City University was released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. The board paid for the report.

The study shows Oklahoma's oil and gas industry lost 13,000 jobs from 2008 to 2009, but has since added back more than 4,000. The report shows the industry has had overall employment growth of 46 percent since 2002.

The report says Oklahoma produced about 67 million barrels of oil in 2009, about 3.5 percent of the total U.S. production. That ranks Oklahoma sixth in the nation behind Texas, Alaska, California, North Dakota and Louisiana.

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