ConocoPhillips employs more than 4,300 people in Bartlesville and Ponca City, Okla., and it is uncertain how the company's split into two independent entities will affect jobs there. John Roper, a spokesman for the company, said "most people will keep their jobs," and an area official said the split could benefit the area. "There won't be any more job loss for Ponca City when it comes to [ConocoPhillips]. There could be job growth," said Rich Cantillon, president of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce.

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