• Oklahoma governor calls for better science, math programs in state

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin spoke Tuesday at the third-annual STEM Summit in Oklahoma City.

  • Updates: Workforce Skills Gap Forum

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    The Oklahoman, community educators, business leaders and policymakers hosted a forum to discuss how to close the gap between a shortage of qualified, skilled workers and available jobs in the state. Read updates below.

  • Help Wanted: Oklahoma faces shortage of healthcare workers

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Statewide, 2015 has seen higher job posting intensity for nursing jobs than the previous five years, with 4,700 average monthly job postings for nurses and 3,400 average monthly hires, according to data compiled by Kyle Springer, workforce analyst for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

  • Help Wanted: Oklahoma workforce needs more IT workers, coders

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Computer and mathematical science jobs in Oklahoma are projected to grow by 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

  • Help Wanted: Public transportation is key to connecting people with job opportunities

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: Public transit is not going to solve the job skills gap in Oklahoma. But it’s a quick way to connect opportunities with those who need them the most.

  • Q&A with Dr.Tom Friedemann

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    CareerTech's latest focus on curriculum stresses the necessity of of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to keep Oklahoma’s economy growing.

  • Help Wanted: Discussion of talent, skills gap isn't finished without focus on wages

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City's low cost of living matter that much in an equation where the city and state have to work harder to compete with more scenic competitors.

  • Help Wanted: In search of engineers, Chickasha firm looks to Wisconsin to expand

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    HSI Sensing, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, opened a 5,800-square-foot engineering lab in Madison, Wis. in July with three employees and expects to hire more.

  • Help Wanted: Where the skills gap and budget gap collide

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    State appropriations for Oklahoma students have declined by 5.07 percent over the past five years, while average enrollment has grown by 5.5 percent, according to The Oklahoman's analysis of Oklahoma State Department of Education data.

  • Help Wanted: Shortage of skilled workers in Oklahoma is unsettling

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    A shortage of the highly trained workers needed to fill those high-paying jobs in Oklahoma City in manufacturing, research and aerospace. It’s an issue that has the attention of many Oklahoma employers, civic leaders and educators.

  • Annual Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy attracts hundreds of middle-school students

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy hosted 432 middle school students in its eighth annual Engineering Challenge earlier this month.

  • Help Wanted: Oklahoma City is not done attracting, retaining skilled workers

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Millennials were just starting to hit the workforce when a 2003 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber gathering of civic leaders was advised at a workshop that the rules of job creation were set to change dramatically.

  • Business Q&A with Melissa McDuffey

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division determined that Halliburton had incorrectly categorized 1,016 employees as “exempt” from overtime.

  • Event will address Oklahoma workforce skills gap

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman will publish a series of stories Sunday through Tuesday looking at issues around the growing gap between available jobs and skilled workers in the state. We will continue the conversation with leaders in business, industry and education from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 14 in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Q&A with Courtney K. Warmington

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Terminating employees is arguably one of the riskiest employment decisions that an employer can make. Conversely, not terminating an employee is also one of the riskiest decisions an employer can make.

  • Business Q&A with Rodney Walker

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Rodney Walker, a regional vice president with Walmart, discusses the recent decision to allow some part-time workers to go to full-time roles.

  • Q&A with Mary P. Snyder

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Mary P. Snyder is an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's labor and employment practice group.

  • Paycom eligible for $20.5 million in state Quality Jobs incentives

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Paycom plans to add more than 1,000 jobs in the next decade, which could bring in more than $20 million in incentives from the state Commerce Department.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2015

  • Despite energy industry losses, Oklahoma City's jobless rate holds steady

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent in August, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.




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