More Oklahoma college graduates staying in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Graduates of Oklahoma public colleges are remaining in Oklahoma to work at the highest rate since such statistics have been tracked.

The Employment Outcomes Report says that five years after graduation, 61 percent of those who received bachelor's degrees following the 2001-02 academic year were employed in Oklahoma.

That is up 2 percent from the previous year and is the highest percentage since state higher education officials began compiling such numbers six years ago.

The report also found that one year after their graduation, of those who received bachelor's degrees during the 2005-06 academic year, 82 percent had jobs in Oklahoma.

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