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Labor Market Statistics - Publications
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

EMPLOYMENT CHANGE, PHASE I: A Comparative Study of Employment Change in McCurtain County, Texas County and Oklahoma by Firm and Employee Characteristics

Why are there historically large differences in the unemployment rates in different areas of Oklahoma? This analysis examines employment trends in McCurtain County, Oklahoma and Texas County, Oklahoma along with statewide Oklahoma using the U.S. Census Bureau's Longitudinal Employer Dynamics (LED) Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) to determine whether differing characteristics of employees and establishments in these areas might be related to their having historical employment change differences.



Job Flows Into and Within Oklahoma: 1st Quarter 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program provides information about the origin and destination of workers changing jobs. Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) is a new set of statistics on worker reallocation in the United States constructed from the LEHD data. These job-to-job flow statistics show the age, gender, industries, and geographic location of workers entering and leaving Oklahoma. They also provide insights on job movements across industries within the state.



After the Downturn: An Analysis of Oklahoma Mining UI Claimants Post 1st Quarter 2015, Employment and Earnings

Unemployment Insurance (UI) records and our Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program (QCEW) was used to construct a post-downturn six quarter history of mining employment and earnings. This was done by identifying 4,481 UI individual claimants in the 1st quarter 2015 downturn and tracing their employment and earnings histories over the succeeding six quarters.





Business Establishment Survival in Oklahoma 2016: 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.




Oklahoma Job Quarterly Earnings Percentile Changes: All Industries, Mining, Manufacturing and Health 2006-2016

This report is an update of our previous year’s 2005 to 2015 four reports, and as such, provides new 10-year, 3-year and 1-year percentile earnings for all industries and then provides and compares the percentile earnings for the same periods for the select industries of mining, manufacturing and health care. The agency administrative earnings records were used to construct a ten year history and recent year changes in earnings as measured by percentiles.




Oklahoma Restaurant Employment and All Industry Employment: A 10-year Trend Analysis Comparison (Phase I)

The following analysis uses Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data for Oklahoma to compare NAICS 7225 Restaurants and other eating places and total, all industries employment over a 10-year period from 1st quarter 2006 to 4th quarter 2015. This analysis will also examine industry employment growth in different geographic regions of Oklahoma.




Oklahoma Restaurant Employment and All Industry Employment: A 10-year Trend Analysis Comparison (Phase II)

The following analysis uses data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program. Oklahoma private employer data for employee characteristics for NAICS 7225 Restaurants and Other Eating Places and for the all industries aggregate, were extracted and analyzed for the 10-year period from 1st quarter 2006 to 4th quarter 2015, when the quarter was available. Oklahoma geological areas of statewide and (NEW) each of the four MSAs were also extracted and examined.




Oklahoma Job Quarterly Earnings Percentile Changes: Manufacturing Report

Since manufacturing is Oklahoma’s third largest in employment and second largest in payroll size, a trend analysis of the industry’s earnings percentile change is important to understanding Oklahoma’s overall economic health.  This analysis also chronicles manufacturing’s previous employment decline and recent indications of possible renewed manufacturing employment growth.  





Oklahoma Job Quarterly Earnings Percentile Changes: Health Report

A trend analysis of Oklahoma’s largest health industry’s job earnings percentile change is needed and a helpful addition to the list of Oklahoma economic indicators, especially in view of the state’s demographically aging population and our growing need for employees in the health care professions.



Oklahoma Energy and Other Oklahoma Industries

The analysis in this report takes an exploratory qualitative comparative approach in examining the detailed relationships between Oklahoma energy industries, individual Oklahoma industries and an aggregate of all Oklahoma industries.   This innovative approach consists of correlating, scale measuring, score tabulation and ranking of bivariate correlation scale scores; between the employment and earnings of individual industries, energy industries, Baker-Hughes Total US Land Rig Counts and aggregate of all Oklahoma industries.  




Oklahoma Job Quarterly Earnings Percentile Changes

This report is an analysis for the earnings of an aggregate of all industries. Our agency administrative earnings records was used to construct and compare a ten year history and four year recent changes in earnings as measured by percentiles. This report includes percentile dollar amount change and percentile percent change.



Oklahoma Job Quarterly Earnings Percentile Changes: Mining Report

An analysis of the percentile earnings changes in Oklahoma’s mining industry provides an important indicator of economic and business trends as well as job growth for the state. The data used in this publication is our agency’s administrative earnings records to construct a 10-year history of changes in earnings as measured by percentiles for the mining industry, as previously done for an aggregate of all Oklahoma industries.




2017 Update! Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates by Industry, Establishment Size and County

This report provides a detailed analysis and comparison of Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance contributions and tax rates between 2nd quarter 2012 and 2nd quarter 2017 by industry, establishment size and county. Presented in an easy to grasp ‘chart book’ format, the report also offers a brief overview of the Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance system and examines the performance of Oklahoma’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund over the past ten years.





NEW! 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 2024 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.





STEM Occupations and Employment 2015: 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.





Oklahoma Youth Labor Force

This publication examines the youth labor force in Oklahoma, comparing it to national trends. It also looks at labor force participation rates and unemployment data segmented by selected age groups from 1999 to 2014. Finally, the study examines youth employment and earnings by industry in Oklahoma from 2000 to 2014.




Oklahoma Cost of Living Report 

In this report, data on wages and cost of living is analyzed and compared with nation, Oklahoma’s bordering states, counties and cities in order to gain an idea of the true value of each dollar earned by the average worker in Oklahoma.



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. 


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.




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 annual publication examines long-term economic trends both statewide and nationally covering various aspects of economic performance, labor market dynamics, consumer spending and income, and more.
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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 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. 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.

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).  











EMPLOYMENT CHANGE, PHASE I: A Comparative Study of Employment Change in McCurtain County, Texas County and Oklahoma by Firm and Employee Characteristics
EMPLOYMENT CHANGE, PHASE I: A Comparative Study of Employment Change in McCurtain County, Texas County and Oklahoma by Firm and Employee Characteristics