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December 29, 2010


Number of unemployed workers for every available job, as of October 2010; a decrease from August 2010’s 4.9-to-1 ratio. 
Source: Economic Policy Institute


December 28, 2010


Visits to the OK Policy website this year (thru Dec. 26th) from 44,669 unique visitors.


December 27, 2010


Oklahoma population, 2010. This is 1.21 percent of the total U.S. population and 28th highest among the states

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


December 23, 2010


Number of seats in the House of Representatives Oklahoma will have in 2012 following the 2010 Congressional reapportionment, the same as  for the prior decade. Until 2002, the state had 6 seats.

Source: US Census Bureau


December 22, 2010


Growth in Oklahoma population, 2000-2010. Nationally, the population grew 9.7%. Oklahoma’s rate was 24th highest.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


December 21, 2010


Number of building permits issued in Oklahoma in the 3rd quarter of 2010; this number represents a 10.3 percent drop from 2009 and was the lowest number since the 1st quarter of 2009.

Source:  OK Policy’s Numbers You Need, November 2010


December 20, 2010

14  percent

Percentage of residents of Harmon County, 18 and over, who do not have at least a 9th grade education – the highest in the state. Statewide, 6 percent of Oklahomans do not have a 9th grade education.

Source: Oklahoma State Dept. of Labor, based on statistics from the 2000 Census; U.S. Census Bureau


December 17, 2010


Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate – deaths per 1,000 live births (2006). Nationally, the rate was 6.83. Oklahoma’s rate was 13th highest.

Source: US Centers for Disease Control


December 16, 2010

$42, 836

Oklahoma’s median household income, 2008. The US median household income was $52, 089

Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce


December 15, 2010


Applications OK Policy received for our policy analyst position by the December 13th deadline.


December 14, 2010

98.16 percent 
Proportion of ODOC facility capacity that is filled with prisoners, week of 12/6/2010. Includes maximum, medium, minimum and community facilities. 
Source: ODOC Offender Count


December 13, 2010

64 percent

Proportion of Oklahoma high schoolers who do not attend physical education classes in an average week when they are in school.

Source: Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2009 – Obesity


December 10, 2010

Number of years this state is expected to experience revenues below the 2008 level. 
Source: OK Policy’s FY’11 – FY’14 Budget Outlook


December 9, 2010

Total of Oklahoma’s Top 100 Tax Delinquencies, as of December 6, 2010.  This includes interest, penalties, fees and costs in excess of $25K, unpaid for >90 days and for which a tax warrant has been filed. 
Source: OK Tax Commission, Oklahoma’s Top 100 Tax Delinquencies


December 8, 2010

$54.6 million
Fees on payday loans paid annually by Oklahoma borrowers
Source:  Tulsa World


December 7, 2010

63.3 percent

Proportion of Oklahomans who live in urban areas.

Source: Rural Policy Research Institute

December 6, 2010


Number of Oklahoma deaths from stroke, 2005. Oklahoma tied for third highest stroke rate in the US.

Source: US Center for Disease Control


December 3, 2010


Base salary of an Oklahoma legislator

Source: OK Policy’s 2010 Legislative Overview


December 2, 2010

Approximate number of state employees lost in the last year due to budget cuts. 
Source: OK Public Employees Association, as reported on the OK Policy Blog.


December 1, 2010


Number of Oklahoma counties defined as totally or partially medically underserved.

Source:  Rural Policy Research Institute

November 30, 2010


Oklahoma’s rank among the 50 states in personal savings and investment

Source: A.G. Edwards (an investment firm)


November 29, 2010

32.4 percent

Proportion of parents of 1st graders who were surveyed by the OK Dept of Public Health who reported that they or someone else in their home smoked.

Source: OK State Dept. of Health 2007-08 First Grade Health Survey


November 24, 2010

36.5 million

Number of pounds of food and other products distributed during 2009 to
Oklahomans by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which serves central
and western Oklahoma.

Source:  Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma


November 23, 2010

1.2 percent

Growth of personal income of Oklahomans in the 2nd quarter of 2010,
marking the second straight quarter of healthy growth.

Source: OK Policy’s Numbers you Need, October 2010 


November 22, 2010

20 percent

Percentage of Oklahomans, 18 and over, who do not have at least a high school diploma.

Source: Oklahoma State Dept. of Labor, based on statistics from the 2000 Census
U.S. Census Bureau


November 19, 2010


Adults receiving a monthly payment from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in Oklahoma in August 2010. In total, 21,834 Oklahomans are benefiting from TANF; the remainder are children

Source:  OK Policy’s Numbers You Need, November 2010 from Oklahoma DHS 

November 18, 2010


Oklahomans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) in August, 2010, an all-time record an a 45 precent increase from March 2008

Source:  OK Policy’s Numbers You Need, November 2010 from Oklahoma DHS 

November 17, 20101

Oklahoma’s ranking among the 50 states in deaths from chronic lower
respiratory diseases such as emphysema (2005)

Source: US Center for Disease Control


November 16, 2010

$383.9 million

Oklahoma General Revenue collections in October. This is 5.7 percent above October 2009 but 24.0 percent below October 2008.

Source: OK Policy, Numbers You Need


November 15, 2010

32 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma parents/guardians who reported that their first graders participated in some sort of physical activity for at least 20 minutes each day.

Source:  OK State Dept. of Health 2007-08 First Grade Health Survey


November 12, 2010


Gallup Poll’s initial measure of how much Americans on average say they will spend on holiday gifts in 2010

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


November 11, 2010

32.2 percent

Poverty rate for rural (non-metro) Blacks in 2009

Source: USDA: Rural Income, Poverty, and Welfare: Poverty Demographics


November 10, 2010


Number of Oklahoma counties in which more than 20 percent of residents are aged 65 and older (Harper, Ellis, Dewey, Major, Alfalfa, Grant and McIntosh). 

Source: Rural Policy Research Institute 


November 9, 2010

5 percent

Oklahoma public schools that always offer fruits or non-fried vegetables in vending machines and school stores, canteens, or snack bars, and during celebrations when foods and beverages are offered.

Source: Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2009 – Obesity


November 8, 2010


Number of new foreclosure filings in Oklahoma in September 2010 (Tulsa County: 836; Oklahoma county: 491).

Source: Realty Trac – Oklahoma Foreclosure Properties


November 5, 2010


Amount conservative groups outspent liberal groups on the 2010 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics

Source: USA Today, November 4, 2010


November 4, 2010


Percentage of Oklahoma public school teens who seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months before the survey.

Source: 2009 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey


November 3, 2010


Number of seats in the Oklahoma House and Senate that Republicans have gained in the past decade. After the November 2000 election, there were 31 Democrats and 17 Republicans in the Senate, and 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the House. After the 2010 election (unofficial results), there are 32 Republicans and 16 Democrats in the Senate, and 70 Republicans and 31 Democrats in the House.

Source: Oklahoma Almanac, 2001-2; newpaper articles


November 2, 2010

6 in 10

Portion of voters who say their own representatives do not deserve to return to Congress.

Source: New York Time Poll


November 1, 2010

Increase in the Consumer Price Index (South region) for medical care in September – the largest one-month increase since February 1992.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2010