The variety of physical factors in Oklahoma and its unusual historical development have permitted a wide variety of economic activities to develop. Agriculture and livestock raising, the mining and processing of many minerals, tourism, manufacturing, and service industries are all important sources of income in the state.
Oklahoma had a work force of 1,682,000 people in 2008. The largest number of them, 38 percent, were employed in services, which can include jobs such as dry cleaners or computer operators. Another 19 percent worked in wholesale or retail trade; 20 percent in federal, state, or local government, including those serving in the military; 12 percent in manufacturing; 3 percent in farming (including agricultural services), forestry, or fishing; 17 percent in finances, insurance, or real estate; 18 percent in transportation or public utilities; 5 percent in construction; and 3 percent in mining. In 2007, 7 percent of Oklahoma’s workers were unionized. "Oklahoma" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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