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    Default Largest Area Employers

    Source: OKC Chamber of Commerce
    April 2017

    Company Name HQ # Employees Sector
    State of Oklahoma 45,600 Government
    Tinker Air Force Base 24,000 Military
    University of Oklahoma - Norman 12,700 Higher Education
    FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center 7,000 Aerospace
    INTEGRIS Health 6,000 Health Care
    Hobby Lobby Stores Inc 5,100 Wholesale & Retail
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 5,000 Higher Education
    City of Oklahoma City 4,700 Government
    Mercy Hospital 4,500 Health Care
    OGE Energy Corp 3,400 Utility
    OU Medical Center 3,200 Health Care
    SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, Inc. 3,000 Health Care
    University of Central Oklahoma 3,000 Higher Education
    Norman Regional Hospital 2,950 Health Care
    AT&T 2,700 Telecommunications
    The Boeing Company 2,600 Aerospace
    Devon Energy Corp 2,500 Oil & Gas
    Chesapeake Energy Corp 2,500 Oil & Gas
    Sonic Corp 2,460 Wholesale & Retail
    Oklahoma City Community College 2,100 Higher Education
    Dell 1,800 Sales & Business Services
    UPS 1,800 Transportation
    Hertz Corporation 1,700 Rental Services
    Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores 1,700 Retail
    American Fidelity 1,650 Finance/Insurance
    Cox Communications 1,400 Telecommunications
    Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company 1,300 Beverage Distribution
    Farmers Insurance Group 1,300 Customer Service
    Midfirst Bank 1,150 Finance
    Bank of Oklahoma 1,100 Finance
    Dolese Bros. Co. 1,100 Manufacturing
    Continental Resources 1,000 Oil & Gas
    Deaconess Hospital 1,000 Health Care
    Rose State College 1,000 Higher Education

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    Does the State of Oklahoma employment numbers mean OKC metro - or the entire state? Honestly, I don't believe it employs nearly as many as Tinker in the OKC metro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAlan CB View Post
    Does the State of Oklahoma employment numbers mean OKC metro - or the entire state? Honestly, I don't believe it employs nearly as many as Tinker in the OKC metro.
    These numbers are just for the OKC area.

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    If Walmart and WM Neighborhood Markets has 30 stores in the OKC area, how do they avoid being on this list? What is the average employment footprint of a Walmart, WN Neighborhood Market or Walmart Supercenter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    There was a study done showing Wal-Mart Super Centers, Wal-Marts, and WM Neighborhood Markets dominated the OKC grocery scene in an unprecedented way, fully 40% (!!) in 2010, with Sam's Clubs accounting for almost another 6%. That is nearly HALF the total grocery market.

    I can't imagine an MSA of over 1 million with anything close to this.


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    I bet the employment list goes off of full time employees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubya61 View Post
    If Walmart and WM Neighborhood Markets has 30 stores in the OKC area, how do they avoid being on this list? What is the average employment footprint of a Walmart, WN Neighborhood Market or Walmart Supercenter?
    Great question!

    According to W-M, super centers employ 300 and neighborhood markets about 100.

    Even if many of those jobs are part-time -- and I'd bet most of them aren't -- seems like they would make this list easily.

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    Moore Public Schools employs over 2300 people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOONER8693 View Post
    Moore Public Schools employs over 2300 people.
    Yes, seems strange none of the school districts are shown here.

    Could they be included as state employees?

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    Yeah there are some irregularities with this list..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Yes, seems strange none of the school districts are shown here.

    Could they be included as state employees?
    That would be my guess. OKCPS employs 2300 according to the ever-accurate Wikipedia. That seems about right though - with 55 elementary schools, averaging 30 full time employees, OKCPS elementary schools on their own would make this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Yes, seems strange none of the school districts are shown here.

    Could they be included as state employees?
    I would expect them placed in the various city government numbers before the state numbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    I would expect them placed in the various city government numbers before the state numbers
    School teachers are considered state employees. State retirement and so on...

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    I think that Boeing facility way over by Tinker is running something over 1,300-1,400 employees now? And growing, I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Great question!

    According to W-M, super centers employ 300 and neighborhood markets about 100.

    Even if many of those jobs are part-time -- and I'd bet most of them aren't -- seems like they would make this list easily.
    You have to be careful when discussing walmart employment numbers. The 300 figure is used a lot by Walmart but that is only when they first open the store. After the store has been open people quit and they aren't replaced. A supercenter that has been open for a year only employs about 150 people.

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    But even if they only employ 150 at the super centers, there are 11 (!) in the metro area, so that's well more than a thousand employees not even counting the neighborhood markets or Sam's Clubs.

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    Maybe Walmart chooses not to report their numbers to whomever the source is for the list. Getting employment numbers can be hard because Walmart (and I am sure other companies) sell their 300 count as the basis for a lot of local incentives around the country. If it was widely spread that the real number was 1/2 that it could cause problems for them.

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    Simply put, I don't think it looks good for a major metro to have Walmart as one of its top employers.

    Also consider that the majority of Walmart employees are on public assistance because the corporation pays a national average of $8.81/hour (certainly lower in Oklahoma).

    It's ugly.

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    If they're going to include both full and part-time employees, the Oklahoma National Guard has over 10,000 statewide, about half that in the metro. Of that number, somewhere around 1500 or so full- time statewide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAlan CB View Post
    Does the State of Oklahoma employment numbers mean OKC metro - or the entire state? Honestly, I don't believe it employs nearly as many as Tinker in the OKC metro.
    Have you ever noticed how many it takes to fill a pothole? 2 doing the work and 3 to supervise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan View Post
    Simply put, I don't think it looks good for a major metro to have Walmart as one of its top employers.

    Also consider that the majority of Walmart employees are on public assistance because the corporation pays a national average of $8.81/hour (certainly lower in Oklahoma).

    It's ugly.
    LOL, Spartan. So are you suggesting that the Walmarts in OKC should start firing people so we can look better?

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    It could very well be that the Chamber doesn't want to list Wal-Mart and simply leaves them off.

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    The Chamber just released a new list of largest employers in the MSA.

    I grouped them by category, which I think is quite interesting. You could easily move the FAA Monroney Center into the Government / Military category, which would make that category almost 50% of the employees among area employers of over 1,000 personnel.

    Also demonstrates that at 3.9% Oil & Gas is a far lower percentage than most assume.







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    Did they change the way they group State of Oklahoma and Tinker? I know Tinker has been expanding but that seems a bit too much growth for either of them over the last three years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    Did they change the way they group State of Oklahoma and Tinker? I know Tinker has been expanding but that seems a bit too much growth for either of them over the last three years.
    If I read that right, Tinker lost a thousand over the last 3 years ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellaboo View Post
    If I read that right, Tinker lost a thousand over the last 3 years ?
    I think it has been updated since I posted that, it was showing around a 10x increase for both. I looked back to make sure I did not miss read it, though I guess there could have been a rendering glitch when the page loaded for me then.

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