OSU economist projects job growth in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma State University economist is projecting job growth in Oklahoma next year and says the state will "bounce back" from recent economic struggles.

Economist Dan Rickman said Wednesday during the 2013 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference in Oklahoma City that he projects about 26,000 new jobs in the state's workforce next year. He says the majority of the jobs will be in professional and business services and in construction.

The economic conference is hosted each December by the Center for Applied Economic Research in OSU's Spears School of Business.

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