Lawton's unemployment rate as of December 2011 was 7 percent, making it lower than the national average of 8.5 percent. The area's economy is focused on government, manufacturing and retail trade industries, with Fort Sill being the largest employer in the region, providing work for more than 5,000 full-time employees. The largest private sector employer is Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., contributing more than 2,000 full-time jobs to the city. Other significant employers in the county include Lawton Public Schools, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, the City of Lawton, Cameron University and Assurant Solutions.
Lawton had 35,374 employed civilians as of the 2010 Census. Of those, 49.1 percent were female. In the civilian sector, private for-profit wage and salary workers accounted for 21,842 (61.7 percent) of workers. Out of for-profit wage and salary workers, 659 (1.9 percent of the total Lawton civilian workforce) were employees of their own corporations. The government sector included: 4,713 (13.3 percent) federal workers, 2,545 (7.2 percent) state government workers and 2,160 (6.1 percent) local government workers. The city had 1,634 (4.6 percent) self-employed workers and unpaid family workers.
In the most-recent census, the median income for a family was $50,507. Males had a median income of $36,440 versus $31,825 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,655.
Online employment services through websites such as Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com can be helpful when looking for work. Craigslist.com is also a great source for all kinds of jobs in areas across the country.
Those seeking jobs at a state level can check out http://www.ok.gov/opm/State_Jobs/index.html for information on classified and unclassified job opportunities. To find opportunities at the regional level, visit the offices of the City of Lawton Human Resources Department. The office addresses employment, diversity and employee classification, compensation, benefits and training. A list of current city jobs openings can be found the office's website.
City of Lawton, Human Resources Department
Lawton, OK 73501 (580) 581-3392
Job Hotline (580) 581-3392, ext. 3010
1406 NW Sheridan Road
Lawton, OK 73505 (580) 355-1132
Express, a global staffing agency, provides employment services through its local office in job categories including accounting and finance, engineering and manufacturing, human resources, IT, legal, licensed medical services, marketing, sales and more. Find flexible schedules in both part-time and full-time positions.
2207 NW Cache Road
Lawton, OK 73505 (580) 248-6600
Find a job or find a person for a job through this global staffing service with a local office in Lawton. Kelly Services facilitates staffing in the fields of education, engineering, financial resources, health care, government, IT, law, scientific services and more in both short-term and direct hire positions.
1904 NW Cache Road, Suite A
Lawton, OK 73507 (580) 351-0360
The local office of this national employment agency helps fill health care and nursing jobs for RNs, LVN/LPNs, licensed therapists, technicians, nursing aides, medical/clerical personnel and more.
1709 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73501 (580) 351-0777
Spherion offers services for potential employees and employers, matching workers to positions in administrative and clerical, light industrial, accounting and finance, IT, legal and other jobs. In addition, Spherion's parent company provides skills assessments, career counseling, training, health coverage, paid vacation and 401(k) options to eligible internal and external employees.
Job Seeker Tips
Make sure your resume is up-to-date and relevant to the particular job you apply for, highlighting skills that fit within that specific career. A cover letter outlining what you are seeking in a job and what you have to offer a company should be part of your resume. If possible, reference letters from former employers are always good to have on hand. Be ready to interview at any time.
Appropriate attitude and attire is important even when dropping off an application, as the person you give your resume to might be the same person interviewing you. Always follow up with a thank you letter and phone call to express your interest in the position.
Lawton's economy is ripe for hard-working self-starters. For those interested in building their own business, a good source of information is the local office of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. In partnership with Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the center offers free advice to business owners and entrepreneurs. Consultants can provide information on topics such as accounting, copyrights, financing and loans packaging, legal issues, managing, marketing, taxes and more. Professionals with years of experience lead seminars and workshops on issues important to small businesses. Additional resources can be found online at the State of Oklahoma's Business eServices website.