New study indicates aerospace & defense staffing strong in Oklahoma City


Aerospace & defense staffing is responsible for more than 85,400 jobs in Oklahoma, according to a study conducted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. In addition, the region's industry is responsible for the creation of $7.3 billion worth of goods and services, according to the Oklahoman.

The report suggested the production hotbed has created another 47,000 positions through Oklahoma, which has created more than $3 billion in goods and services and $1.3 billion in income, the media outlet reports.

"This study shows us that each direct job in the aerospace sector supports approximately 1.25 additional jobs in the broader state economy," Roy Williams, who is the president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, told the media outlet. "That is phenomenal and will only continue to grow — especially with companies like [a major aerospace manufacturer] bringing even more high-quality jobs to our region."

The two-part study was completed just as a major aerospace manufacturer announced plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers at its facility in Oklahoma City and its intention to apply for both city and state economic incentives, according to the media outlet. The study was conducted by Mouhcine Guettabi and Dan S. Rickman from the Center for Applied Economic Research at Oklahoma State University.

The first part of the study performed an analysis of the impact that the industry had on jobs in the area, the media outlet reports. The research indicated that 307 employers in both the private and public sectors were participating in the aerospace and aviation sectors in 2009 and the beginning of 2010. The companies involved employed 38,000 people.

Aerospace & defense staffing in Oklahoma City is receiving a strong boost from the various positions being moved to the area by the aerospace firm, according to a previous article in the Oklahoman. A total of 1,500 positions are expected to come from Long Beach, California. An additional 1,000 jobs are supposed to come from Wichita, Kansas, and Puget Sound, Washington. 

"The [aerospace manufacturer's] jobs have a multiplier effect of creating more jobs. In the specific categories of the type of jobs coming, if the ratio of those categories are at least at the national average, then it creates service jobs," Joe Pryor, who is the president-elect of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, told the media outlet.