Hiring the Perfect Team
- Since 2013, there has been a 48% increase in engineering graduates.
- Oklahoma is a constitutional Right to Work state with low unemployment insurance taxes and programs significantly reducing hiring and training start-up costs.
- Oklahoma is among the top 10 most productive workforces in the U.S.
- Real GDP growth was the 6th fastest in the U.S. at 3.9% (Q4 18-Q1 19) and remains in the top 10 in the most recent estimates.
Oklahoma Workforce Snapshot
|Population Annual Avg. Growth||0.7%||0.5%|
|Under 18 Years Old||24.5%||22.9%|
|Armed Forces Labor Force||0.6%||0.4%|
|Cost of Living Index||85.8||100|
Cost of Living
Cost of living in Oklahoma is lower, so your workforce can afford the basics with some left over to enjoy the many amenities across the state and region.
Oklahoma understands structural issues with unemployment and has adjusted workforce and educational training that aligns closer to the future of work, and the current demands for skills by employers. We are growing pipelines between K-12, common education, career and technology education, and higher educational institutions in collaborative and responsive ways.
More college graduates means a stronger pipeline of talent for our future. Oklahoma’s Promise helps low-income Oklahoma students earn a college tuition scholarship by meeting academic and conduct requirements.
Oklahoma Works Together
We’re taking a proactive approach to tackling workforce issues. Oklahoma Works Together provides a roadmap to help more Oklahomans get to work and get more Oklahomans trained in critical industries by connecting industry and education.
Commerce & Workforce Development
We know that a skilled and stable workforce is critical to economic development. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce works under the same umbrella as the Office of Workforce Development to ensure that we take a collaborative and strategic approach to addressing Oklahoma’s workforce needs.
The Pathway to Your Talent Pipeline
Oklahoma has workforce solutions to ensure your business will have access to a pipeline of talent to get you started and keep you going.
Collaborating for Success
Oklahoma’s post-secondary institutions partner with industry to provide customized curriculums and workforce incentives. Read education & industry partnership success stories and download regional profiles for workforce pipeline details on majors, recent and future graduates, partnership programs and other data.
Oklahoma Has Competitive Wages
Below are some example professions and their median wages in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s wages are among the most competitive in the country.
|Occupation Description||Median Hourly Earnings, Oklahoma||Median Hourly Earnings, Nationwide|
|Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers||$30.85||$39.95|
|Accountants and Auditors||$25.56||$30.80|
|Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software||$35.77||$44.27|
|Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical Engineers||$38.36||$42.30|
|Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks||$21.18||$22.35|
|Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks||$13.58||$14.12|
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||$16.88||$17.26|
|First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers||$27.42||$29.34|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers||$17.37||$17.54|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||$14.47||$14.78|
Your Site Selection Experts
Contact us today for a confidential, no-cost incentives analysis for your project. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.