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Oklahoma's one of the best states for recent grads since the recession, according to Forbes Published: July 17, 2014

photo - Jeanna Wilson, an Elementary Education major, wears a cap that says,
Jeanna Wilson, an Elementary Education major, wears a cap that says, "Hire Me!" before a University of Central Oklahoma graduation ceremony in Edmond, Friday, May 4. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

Though CNBC recently found Oklahoma to be one of the country's very worst states to live in, it seems that the Sooner state has at least one thing going for it: a favorable economy for recent college graduates.

In a study recently published by Forbes, contributor Ben Taylor found that comparing tuition costs of four-year public institutions with income and unemployment figures resulted in a number-two ranking for Oklahoma, sandwiching it between fellow oil-rich states Wyoming and North Dakota.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Chancellor Glen Johnson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, which follows:

“Oklahoma higher education is pleased that our state is ranked second in the nation by Forbes for low tuition, rising personal income and low unemployment. As acknowledged in the report, our state system of higher education has kept tuition affordable for students, and students who learn here, earn here; Oklahoma Employment Security Commission data show that 87 percent of residents who graduate with a bachelor’s degree remain in Oklahoma and are employed in the state one year after graduation. Through our college degree completion initiative, Complete College America, we provide the citizens in our state additional opportunities to earn a college degree.

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