This analysis is intended to provide a snapshot of which industries are responsible for most employment in the Southern Workforce Investment Area. To grow Oklahoma's economy, to increase our per capita personal income, Southern Oklahoma needs to focus workforce and economic development efforts on those industries that 1) have an average wage greater than the state average, and 2) bring new dollars into the area.
Durant Labor Force Study includes Bryan, Johnston, Marshall, Atoka, Grayson TX, Cooke TX, and Fannin TX counties. The Local Area Labor Force Study analyzes the availability of labor in local areas with particular focus given to identifying and profiling the underemployed.
Oklahoma's percentage of uninsured individuals rose during 2004. Southern Oklahoma's percentage is higher than the United States average of 14.2% and the State's average of 17.1%. Southern Oklahoma ranges from Garvin County of 17.5% to Coal County of 23.1%. The region must attract more companies to the area that provide health benefits to its employees to bring these averages down to the national average.