Oklahoma posts impressive industrial job gains

Industrial employment is on the rise in Oklahoma, a new report has found. For the second year in a row, manufacturing and industrial job rates increased – this year by 2.6 percent from August 2012 to August 2013. This gain is especially significant, as the national manufacturing employment rate increased by 0.01 percent during the same period.

The 2014 Oklahoma Manufacturers Register, a database published by Manufacturers' News, Inc., reported the state gained 5,461 manufacturing jobs over the course of the year. These additions bring total statewide manufacturers to 5,517 in the state employing 208,469 workers.

Manufacturing was up across several sectors in Oklahoma. Electronics manufacturing employment increased by 9.9 percent; food products employment shot up by 6.1 percent; petroleum products manufacturing increased by 5.5 percent and paper products jobs increased by 4.9 percent, to name a few.

Growth experienced across wide range of manufacturing sectors
Oil and gas workers enjoyed the greatest rise in employment in Oklahoma, as the industry increased employment by 6.5 percent. The oil and gas industrial sector now employs 37,771 individuals. Second in industrial employment in Oklahoma was the machinery and equipment industrial sector, which employs 34,575 workers. Ranked third was fabricated metals manufacturing, which currently employs 24,759 workers, up 2.4 percent from last year.

"Oklahoma ranks as a great place to do business," said Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturer's News. "The state's winning mix of low business costs and abundant natural resources has resulted in many companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the oil and gas industries."

Some of the major increases in the industrial sector were found in the Tulsa area, which is currently home to 49,500 industrial jobs in the state, a 4.6 percent over the previous year. Whirlpool announced plans to expand operations in the city, while Taylor Forge Engineering Systems open a new plant and heat plate exchange company SWEP is also expected to open new operations in the city.

As manufacturing and industrial employment continues to climb throughout Oklahoma, some employers may find it difficult to track down talented new hires as the talent pool is tapped into at a greater rate. These company owners and managers can contact manufacturing recruiters to assist in the applicant screening process in order to expedite hiring and get business moving as soon as possible.