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The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is proud to offer a variety of reports compiled from data created through our Economic Research and Analysis division.  If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact Shirley Zhang at (405) 557-7172 or by e-mail:  lmi@oesc.state.ok.us
Special Reports


2014 Oklahoma Employer Benefit Survey

This comprehensive survey of state worker benefits compiles information on leave, health benefits, retirement benefits, and other fringe benefits.  The 2014 Oklahoma Employer Benefit Survey shows how worker benefits in the state compare between certain industries and firm sizes. 




STEM Occupations and Employment 2014: A Brief Review for Oklahoma

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers drive innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. STEM occupations include a wide range of scientific and technical job categories. Educational requirements for STEM occupations vary from a high school diploma and on-the-job training to a Ph.D. Growing demand for technological advances means more jobs for STEM workers in the future.






Business Establishment Survival in Oklahoma 2014: Younger vs. Older Business Establishments

Entrepreneurship plays an important role in a healthy labor market. Many new businesses open each year, while others are forced to close. The churning of jobs and employers created by this process drives Oklahoma’s economy. This publication presents data about younger Oklahoma businesses and how they performed compared to older businesses in terms of jobs gained and lost, business births and deaths, and survival rates.


  Changes in the Female Labor Force in Oklahoma


Changes in the Female Labor Force in Oklahoma

This report examines the female labor force in Oklahoma and compares it to those for males as well as all Oklahomans. It covers a variety of data, including labor force participation and the impact of the recent recession on female workers by industry.






Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Periodic Table (poster)

This poster provides information on STEM occupations, including Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geoscience, and Life Science.  The poster looks at the 2022 projected employment, average annual wage, and typical education for these occupations. The charts compare average annual wages and long-term projections for non-STEM and STEM occupations in Oklahoma and nationwide.  The charts also compare the typical education needed for entry into non-STEM and STEM occupations.





Oklahoma's Economy
State Rankings Oklahoma's Economic Indicators Oklahoma Employment
in the Past Two Recessions
Annual Economic Report
This summary of state rankings provides comparisons between Oklahoma and the rest of the nation using 25 key labor market indicators. Updated monthly, Oklahoma's Economic Indicators features a series of eight reports on units of analysis that can be used in part to help determine the status of Oklahoma's economy. A special report examines in depth Oklahoma's employment situation during the last two quarters.  The analysis utilizes quarterly workforce indicators for the time period 2001 to 2009.   This informational and planning tool examines characteristics of Oklahoma’s workforce such as industrial employment, occupational employment, occupational wages, education and training requirements, and employment projections.
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Occupation and Wages
Workforce Oklahoma Occupational Outlook Oklahoma Wage Report Oklahoma Licensed and Certified Occupations Oklahoma Occupational
Projections Chart Book

This publication presents occupational employment, projected growth, and average openings for more than 500 occupations. Charts, graphs, and tables visually reveal the occupational outlook, augmenting the detailed listing of each occupation.  .

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in non-farm establishments.  The results if this survey are included in the report below. This publication provides students, clients, counselors and other interested persons with information concerning occupations that require licensing and certification in Oklahoma. This publication contains industry and occupational employment projections data combined with average earnings and educational and skill requirements.  Job seekers along with school and career counselors may find this publication very useful in identifying good paying and in-demand career clusters.
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Employment and Unemployment
Oklahoma Labor Force Data Oklahoma CES Benchmark Report Labor Force Information for
Affirmative Action Programs
Characteristics of Older Workers
This publication includes the civilian labor force data, employed, unemployed, and the unemployment rate for the state, nation, county and metropolitan statistical areas. Each year, the Current Employment Statistics Program (CES) survey of nonfarm establishments undergoes a benchmarking process, which is a revision of previously published monthly employment, hours, and earning estimates. The benchmarking process involves replacing sample-based estimates with universe counts of employment provided primarily from Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax reports. The data in this publication reflect the most current Census data and pertinent Oklahoma Labor Force information needed for Affirmative Action Program Planning for the nation, state, MSAs, and all counties. EEO Detailed Reports for Occupations of Civilian Labor Force by Minority Status/Gender are available upon request for the nation, state, MSAs, and counties. This report provides data on Oklahoma's workforce who are age 65 and older.  In addition to analyzing trends in Oklahoma's workers age 65 and older, the report also provides comparisons of trends amongst all age groups.
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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
The QCEW program provides a near census of data relating to employment, wages, and number of business establishments organized by industry and by geographic area.
Quarterly Covered Employment and Wages QCEW Annual Averages Chart Book
This publication contains average annual employment and payroll figures for the state and each county. In addition, covered employment and average weekly earnings figures are included by major industry division for every county in the state and the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton Metropolitan Statistical Areas. This publication is an annual summary of our QCEW data represented graphically.  It contains charts and maps that provide illustrative analyses and comparisons of Oklahoma's performance during the previous year and over time.
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Business Employment Dynamics (BED)
Oklahoma Business Employment Dynamics      
Oklahoma’s economy is constantly changing as businesses open, close, grow, and contract. The Oklahoma Business Employment Dynamics (BED) publication tracks and explains these changes each quarter.  By highlighting data at the establishment level, this publication provides economists, policymakers, and the business community with a more complete picture of how changes in individual businesses impact the state’s employment growth.      


Other reports you may be interested in.

Workforce Investment Area (WIA) Economic Reports: The WIA economic reports provide WIA specific data including; Sales Subject to Tax, Employment and Unemployment, Per Capita Personal Income, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Occupational and Industrial Projections, Wage data, and links to these and other data sources.

Effects of Unemployment Insurance Tax on Wages and Employment:  A Partial Equilibrium Analysis.  We develop a partial equilibrium model under a cost minimization problem to derive the effect of an unemployment insurance tax on average wage rates and employment. We assume perfect competition in the product market and perfect factor mobility in the factor market. Our model suggests that a portion of the tax is passed on to employees by means of reduced wages. The model also suggests that a lower level of employment will be realized as a result of the tax.

Oklahoma's Educational Capacity Report 2009:  This report compares employment projections to post-secondary degree and certificates conferred based on matches between the classification of instructional program codes (CIP) and the standard occupational codes (SOC).   


OESC Benefits Survey 2005:  This survey contains results calculated from the responses of over 1,900 Oklahoma firms and is reported according to Industry, Firms Size and Employee Category (Salaried, Full-time Hourly and Part-time Hourly).