Oklahoma City No. 1
for Job Creation
Gallup’s Job Creation Index ranked Oklahoma City as the number one city for job creation in 2011 out of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. According to the study, Oklahoma City had a job creation index score of 25, outplacing other top-performing cities by at least 3 points and beating the national job creation score by 12 points. Other cities in the top five included Pittsburgh, Pa., Richmond, Va., Nashville, Tenn. and Orlando, Fla.
“Not only are new companies moving to Oklahoma City, but our existing businesses are increasing their workforce and solidifying their dedication to this city,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
According to the index, the top-performing large metro areas have above-average hiring levels combined with below-average levels of layoffs. In Oklahoma City, 37 percent of survey respondents said their employers were expanding, while only 12 percent of respondents indicated that their company was laying off employees.
Nationally, 31 percent of U.S. workers said their employer was hiring, while 18 percent said their company was decreasing its size, resulting in a job creation index score of 13. The results are based on nationwide interviews conducted with 96,349 employed adults in 2011.
Oklahoma ranked in the top five states for job creation with an index score of 21. This is an increase of eight points from 2010 levels.