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Oklahoma Jobs and Workforce

Written by Dick Pryor on Tuesday October 4, 2011

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 September 2, 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs. It's a familiar mantra and something we are sure to hear repeatedly during the 2012 election cycle. With national unemployment hovering just over 9%, Oklahoma is faring very well. Our state unemployment rate ticked up in July, to 5.5%, but overall the Oklahoma unemployment numbers have been dropping steadily since March, 2010.

Oklahoma is doing especially well in manufacturing and energy, but the rest of the job market is soft. And, some parts of the state are much better than others.

With jobs the big topic, we invited Dr. Phil Berkenbile, State Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Richard McPherson, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and Lynn Gray, OESC Director of Economic Research and Analysis and Chief Economist to discuss our state's job picture.

Dr. Berkenbile discussed some of the services Career Tech provides to train and re-train workers to better position themselves for good jobs in the Oklahoma economy. Likewise, McPherson pointed out that OESC has programs available to help job-seekers and assist in putting applicants and businesses together. Those resources can be found at the OESC website: http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web.

In celebration of Labor Day, we hope you enjoy this program about labor, jobs and the Oklahoma workforce.

Until next time,

Dick Pryor

(Pictured above, left to right:  Host Dick Pryor, Richard McPherson, Lynn Gray, Phil Berkenbile)


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