OSU economist predicts job growth in Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 12th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- Oklahoma's job market should be improving now and even more improvement is predicted for next year.

That's the forecast of Oklahoma State University economics professor Dan Rickman, who spoke today at the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Economic Outlook Conference.

Rickman says the Oklahoma should see slight, positive job growth during the last three months of this year. He says the state's employment should then begin growing by as much as two percent per quarter during 2004

But Rickman says Tulsa's employment rate won't begin recovering until the second half of next year.

From September 2002 until September 2003 Tulsa lost jobs at a faster rate than any city in the country, except San Jose, California.