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Oklahoma Commerce Department Sets Goals For 2020

Jan 8, 2020
Mechanics work to reattach an engine to a MD-80 airline at the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa. Highly trained professionals are needed to encourage aerospace growth in Oklahoma, said Brent Kisling, executive director of the OCD
(Journal Record file photo)

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce announced its goals for the new year, including alleviating a 140,000-person statewide workforce gap and diversifying the state's economy. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses plans for meeting these objectives. 

A new report from the Office of Workforce Development shows Oklahoma is on track to experience a shortage of nearly 20,000 workers next decade due to projected economic growth, high rates of retirement and a lack of local talent.

 

“It’s an issue of both not having enough people and then also not the right skills to replace people,” explained spokesperson David Crow.