Oklahoma sees increase in job creation, ‘brain drain’ reversal

Downtown Oklahoma City skyline in Oklahoma City, Okla.  on Friday, Nov.  17, 2023. CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN FILE

More than half of the jobs created in the past five years have come in two states: Texas and Florida.

They are at the forefront of a job-creation revolution in which states with the lowest wages and lowest cost of living are gaining the highest share of new jobs, according to a new Stateline analysis of data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile, high-wage states like California, New York, Washington state and Massachusetts dropped out of the top 10. California, which had the highest rate of new jobs from 2014-2019, fell to the bottom in job creation.

The changes closely follow state-by-state labor trends in the years during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers have been less willing to create jobs in higher-wage states. Meanwhile, workers are avoiding rising housing prices and taking advantage of new telecommuting options.

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