Mickey Hepner, dean of the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Business, said the state's unemployment, as well as sales tax figures, show growth has been stagnating since the second half of 2012.
The Oklahoma City metro area having the lowest unemployment among the nation's largest cities is a reflection of where we were, but doesn't reflect any recent growth, he said.
“We built a huge lead. It's shrinking a little bit, but it's still a lead,” Hepner said. “Still, I would much rather be here than anywhere else right now.”