- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

Oklahoma’s per-person consumer spending soared nearly 16 percent from 2009 to 2012, one of several states that has benefited from an oil and gas boom since the recession ended, according to a new government report released Thursday.

The new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis for the first time. In Oklahoma, per-person spending was $31,391 in 2012, compared to $27,154 in 2009 when the recession ended. Only North Dakota, which has also seen a drastic rise in oil and gas drilling, clocked a higher gain - 28 percent during the same period.

Oklahoma’s per-person spending still remains below the national average of $35,498 in 2012, the latest year for which figures are available. Per-person spending in 2012 was highest in Washington, D.C., at $59,423, followed by Massachusetts at $47,308. Spending was lowest that year in Mississippi at $27,406; Arkansas was the second-lowest at $28,366. The size of the disparities has changed little in the past decade.

The government’s report includes figures for specific spending categories. For example, consumers spent the most on housing and utilities in Washington, D.C., where per-capita spending reached $11,985, followed by Hawaii at $10,002.

In Oklahoma, consumers spent the most on health care costs, at $5,199. For housing and utilities, Oklahomans paid $4,706, the fifth-lowest amount in the country. The state’s residents also spent less than any other state in the country on groceries and other off-premises food - $2,179 per person in 2012. The national average was $2,750.

But Oklahoma residents spent more than many other Americans on gasoline and energy costs in 2012, at $1,918 per person - or nearly $600 above the national average.

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