Forecast: Jobs Up In 2014, But Only In OKC And Tulsa

Dec 4, 2013

Oklahoma could see more jobs, if predictions from a new economic forecast come true.

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Economist Dan Rickman expects 20,000 jobs will be added to the state’s economy in the next year. He says most of those will come in the administrative and support services, with more than 5,000 new workers.

The Oklahoma State University economic forecast also reports the state’s two major metropolitan areas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, will see the strongest growth. But an increase in employment is expected to be flat outside those areas in 2014.

Rickman says looking ahead, Oklahoma’s labor force is growing older and has lower than average job skills, presenting significant challenges to future growth.


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