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April 12, 2014

State commerce report shows substantial job, population growth in Grady County

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CHICKASHA —

The average annual earnings for all industries in Grady County is $39,600 compared to $55,500 in Oklahoma County, according to the report.

Ross said the city is working to bring businesses to town to create jobs, and he expects the presence of the oil and gas industry to drive economic growth.

Having good-quality schools, universities and vocational schools is important to increasing the amount of higher-paying jobs in the county, especially with the amount of jobs requiring post-secondary training or an associates degree expected to increase.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and the Canadian Valley Technology Center's Chickasha campus provide options for Grady County residents to improve their career.

"I think we're at a real advantage because of the presence of a four-year institution and the vo-tech (technology center)," Ross said. "I think our schools are doing a good job."

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