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A grain elevator sits outside of Enid on Jan. 17. The Enid area logged the biggest decline in gross domestic product in 2017 among the country’s 383 metropolitan areas, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY — The evolving energy industry contributed to swings in economic growth in metropolitan areas throughout Oklahoma and the country, according to data released this week by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

With a drop of 7.8 percent, the Enid area marked the biggest decline in gross domestic product in 2017 among the country’s 383 metropolitan areas, the report stated.

But while the northern Oklahoma community’s economy slowed over the previous two years, industry in the area continued to create jobs and boost the local and state economies, said Chad Wilkerson, Vice President of the Oklahoma City Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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