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It’s getting better all the time

Gazette staff December 23rd, 2013

Slowdowns in the state’s energy and government sectors led to weaker job growth in Oklahoma, but the situation is bound to improve in 2014, according to Oklahoma State University economist Dan Rickman.

Lower natural gas prices led to a reduction of about 5,400 jobs at the end of the third quarter compared to the same time period a year ago.

In addition, government spending cuts combined with the October government shutdown hit Oklahoma’s military bases and their communities especially hard. According to government data, the 16-day shutdown had a negative-0.5 percent impact on the state’s economic growth.

That’s not a total game-changer, but it’s enough information for the public to get riled — and rightfully so. Aren’t government decisions supposed to help people, not hurt them?

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