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Workers' Comp. Tops Oklahoma Small-business Agenda

Morgan said there are some employers in the state with unfilled jobs who cannot find skilled workers to fill them.

"It's a growing problem. It's a pressing problem," Morgan said. "What are our workforce needs in the next 20 years, and how are we going to meet those needs?"

Chuck Prucha, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, said having a skilled workforce is critical to today's high-tech advanced manufacturing techniques.

"There are over 4,000 manufacturers in the state of Oklahoma," Prucha said. "The importance of manufacturing in Oklahoma is substantial."

Business leaders will also push economic development legislation to make Oklahoma more competitive and proposals to reign in fraud while lowering costs and increasing benefits in the unemployment compensation system, Lamb said.

"As elected officials, we have the responsibility to remove any impediments to growth that stand in the way of a prosperous Oklahoma," Lamb said.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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