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Occupational and industry employment and wage statistics, employment projections by industry and occupation, occupations requiring Oklahoma State licenses or certifications.

Occupation, Wage and Industry Reports

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program is a federal-state cooperative program that produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

The Economic Research and Analysis Division of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) provides these estimates for the State of Oklahoma, metropolitan, and non-metropolitan areas.

The interactive charts and tables below display occupational employment estimates for Oklahoma, metropolitan, and non-metropolitan areas. The OEWS data can be viewed and explored by using the tabs at the top of the frame. For more information, see the Tableau Guide.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) Web Site

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Oklahoma Employment and Wage Report (OEWS) program offers employment and wage estimates for States, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.

Oklahoma Employment and Wage Network (OEWN)
Oklahoma Employment and Wage Network is an interactive web service that allows the user to view a wide range of wage data, including employment estimates (where available). If you have any questions, please contact Clara Rogers by phone (405) 557-5387 or email Clara.Rogers@oesc.state.ok.us.

OEWS Data in Excel Format
Download OEWS data in an Excel spreadsheet. The data include employment and wage estimates for Oklahoma, including metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.

OEWN Technical Documentation
Technical documentation concerning OEWN data.

Oklahoma Employment and Wage Report
Results of a statewide wage survey by occupation for the statewide and sub-state areas. Depending on the response of the survey, the publication reports employment and wage estimates for various occupations.

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 1988-2020
BLS-provided Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas from 1988 to 2020.

Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Economic Research and Analysis Division of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) collects this information from many government agencies and publishes it every two years. 

The interactive tables below display occupations descriptions, and the agencies responsible for the occupations, along with the contact information. For more information about using these interactive tables, see Tableau Guide.

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See more information on the license's requirements.

CareerOneStop Website
The CareerOneStop program offers information on the licensed and certified occupations for each state. To access the licensing finder home page click here.

Oklahoma Licensed and Certified Occupations
This publication provides students, clients, counselors, and other interested persons with information concerning occupations that require licensing and certification in Oklahoma. To access it, please click here.

The Labor Market Information (LMI) Unit produces industry and occupational employment projections for Oklahoma and Oklahoma's Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Non-metropolitan Areas. Short-term projections cover two years, and long-term projections cover ten years.

The interactive charts and tables below offer detailed information on the projected activity for many occupations. Data is available for the State of Oklahoma, and also by MSAs and non-MSAs.

Projections Managing Partenership (PMP) Partners Survey:  As one of our valued collaborators, we ask you to take five minutes to respond to the short survey as we work nationally to continually improve industry and occupational employment projections. For more information, click here.

For a quick tutorial of our 2018-2028 Occupational Projections Chart Book, click here.

Explore the data by using the tabs at the top of the frame. For more information, see the Tableau Guide.

The interactive charts and tables below offers detailed occupational information on the projected activity for many occupations in areas of employment, growth, annual average openings, median wages, and education requirements. 

Note: The MSA's wage data comes from 2020, while the statewide's wage data comes from 2018.

BLS Separations Methodology

Annual openings are projected using the BLS Separations methodology. This methodology was developed to capture a more accurate picture of the workforce and give BLS the ability to differentiate between workers who are leaving the labor force entirely (exits) and those who are changing jobs and leaving an occupation (transfers). Annual openings are the sum of the projected net change plus transfers plus exits (Openings = Projection Change + Exits + Transfers). Learn more by watching the video Understanding BLS Projections of Occupational Separations.

Short-Term Employment Forecast (2020-2022) Statewide

Long-Term Employment Projections (2018-2028) Statewide

 

Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Nonmetropolitan Areas for 2018-2028

Chartbook

A comprehensive tabulation of data on the number of establishments, monthly employment and quarterly wages for workers covered by State unemployment insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program. The interactive charts and tables below display current and historical data. Oklahoma, counties, and metropolitan areas can be explored by using the tabs at the top of the frame. For more information, see the Tableau Guide. For the best view, click the full-screen icon.

QCEW Imputation Issue Caused by Pandemic-Related Challenges

In the spring of 2020, BLS modified its imputation process for QCEW to be more responsive to current economic conditions. While continuing work to improve this process, BLS made an unintended data processing error. This error affected data for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2020. BLS has analyzed this issue and has determined that the impact on QCEW employment was negligible at the statewide level. In smaller areas and industries revisions may be larger than usual. Wage data were not affected. Following the usual QCEW practice these data will be revised and corrected with the full data update on September 1, 2021. For more information on QCEW imputation methodology, see www.bls.gov/cew/additional-resources/imputation-methodology.htm.

Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW Location Quotient Calculator
An online tool that creates, on demand, tables of private-sector employment data, by industry, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The calculator allows the ready comparison of relative employment levels in the United States, states, counties, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW data for all U.S. states and counties (annual and quarterly)

Oklahoma QCEW Data Files

These downloadable QCEW files contain data for counties, MSA's as well as statewide data. The data may differ slightly from data published on the BLS website due to updates containing additional information.

Oklahoma QCEW Data Files

These downloadable QCEW files contain data for counties, MSA's as well as statewide data. The data may differ slightly from data published on the BLS website due to updates containing additional information.

Business Employment Dynamics
This program is a set of statistics generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, or ES-202, program. These quarterly data series consist of gross job gains and gross job losses statistics from 1992 forward and help to provide a picture of the dynamic state of the labor market.

2018 Oklahoma QCEW Annual Handbook [PDF]
This publication contains the average annual employment and payroll figures. It includes covered employment and average weekly earnings figures by major industry division for every county in the state and the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, and Enid Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Data was tabulated from the quarterly contributions reports and Multiple Work-site Report supplements submitted by employers subject to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act.

This report is published annually. If you need additional publications, have any questions, or require additional information, please contact Shirley Zhang at (405) 557-7172 or by e-mail: lmi@oesc.state.ok.us

NOTES

Covered Employment

Covered employment is the number of workers employed by employers subject to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act (latest version found HERE) during the monthly payroll period, which includes the 12th day of the month. Covered employees in the private sector and the state and local government include most corporate officials, all executives, all supervisory personnel, all professionals, all clerical workers, many farmworkers, all wage earners, all pieceworkers, and all part-time workers. Workers on paid sick leave, paid holiday, paid vacation, and the like are also covered. Federal employment data are based on reports of monthly employment and reports of quarterly wages, both submitted quarterly to state agencies. Reports are submitted for all federal installations with employees covered by the act, except for certain national security agencies, which are excluded for security reasons.

Total Wages

The annual total wage figures and the average weekly wages used in this publication include all wages and salaries paid to federal and covered employees, including bonuses, commissions, and cash value of all remuneration received in any medium other than cash. These wages include both taxable and non-taxable wages.

 

Data Confidentiality

To maintain the confidentiality of respondents, the publication of confidential data is withheld based on the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics guidelines.