Generally speaking, Tulsa feels the blunt impact of a down economy but holds up longer than many other areas in the country. The past few years have tested residents, caused financial inconveniences and brought others to their knees. Though there were company cutbacks, corporate bailouts and hiring freezes, the majority of people have been able to adjust in one way or another. Now some companies are beginning to hire again.
Recent reports from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show an increase in lengthy unemployment stints, but a decline in initial filings. Claims seemed to have spiked in the first half of 2010. Data has since reflected a slow yet steady decline for those filing initial claims. Looking back over the past 30-40 years, Tulsa has always followed the patterns set by the national economic climate and always bounced right back. Job seekers may have to be a little more aggressive and flexible, but the future may hold more opportunity than previously thought.
According to the Workforce Investment Area report, there will be an increase in job openings and new positions available in Tulsa. The 2006-2016 projections show large increases in employees needed in select fields, and smaller increases in others. Health care and social assistance is said to account for 25.39% of total growth. Although the stats for home health aides and computer software/applications personnel list fewer positions opening, industry growth shows approximately a 45% improvement. The two areas that project the most growth in Tulsa are customer service and retail sales, adding nearly 10,000 new jobs.
Those searching for new employment may have to rethink which positions they are willing to take and view these times as a possible time for change. The WIA report may be helpful when looking for a new career path. Data is broken down in a detailed manner that allows you to analyze what has been forecast for your field. You can also see which positions are on a higher pay scale and what education level may be expected for you to obtain a specific job.
The following list contains a few places you can begin searching for your next job, training and tools now.
- Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
- Tulsa World Classifieds
Most websites have helpful tools to assist you in creating a resume, posting it online and receiving email alerts when jobs come available. Be thorough, persistent and patient. Employment opportunities are out there, and more should be on the way.