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Employers in Oklahoma are optimistic about hiring, Manpower survey finds

Oklahoma's first-quarter hiring outlook is the fifth-best in the nation, according to the latest installment of the Manpower employment outlook survey.
by Paul Monies Published: December 11, 2012
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Area job prospects appear best in durable goods manufacturing; wholesale and retail trade; financial activities; professional and business services; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and government.

Denton said hiring at oil field equipment manufacturing is expected to be solid. He said some employers in manufacturing and service sectors are having a hard time finding qualified applicants.

“If you have a high school diploma and you pass a drug test, we have a job for you,” Denton said.

In the Tulsa metro area, Manpower said 18 percent of businesses surveyed expect to add jobs in the first quarter, 2 percent plan layoffs, 77 percent expect no changes to their employment levels, and 3 percent are unsure of their plans.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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