Oklahoma business briefs

Oklahoma business briefs
Published: May 1, 2012
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In brief

Earnings grow in city

Average weekly earnings in the Oklahoma City metro are growing faster than those in all other U.S. cities with more than 1 million residents, according to a report issued by Garner Economics LLC. Oklahoma City had an annual growth rate of 11.3 percent as of February, which also ranked No. 6 out of the top 100 U.S. metro areas, the report said. “This ranking indicates that not only is Oklahoma City growing, but the number of high-paying jobs is also increasing,” said Eric Long, research economist for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Whirlpool

cutting force

Whirlpool Corp. has formalized its closing plan for its refrigerator factory in Fort Smith. The company has sent Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders a letter saying that 834 workers will lose their jobs on June 29. Another 77 will be terminated by July 31. Whirlpool has been reducing the number of workers at the plant for years.

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