OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury show Oklahoma’s economy is doing very well at the start of the new year, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today.
January gross receipts of $1.5 billion are up by more than 27 percent compared to the same month of last year. Twelve-month receipts of $15.5 billion measure growth of more than 18 percent compared to the prior period.
Treasurer McDaniel said analysis shows the reasons behind the numbers include more than organic state economic expansion.
“A growing economy is always central to record-breaking receipts, but federal funds and inflation are helping push the numbers higher,” McDaniel said. “All of these factors should be considered this session as proposals impacting future state revenue and spending are discussed.”
Federal direct payments to taxpayers, along with aid to businesses during the pandemic, significantly boosted economic activity in Oklahoma. Inflation during the past year pushed prices up an average of 7 percent – the highest rate since 1982.
The gross receipts report for January shows substantial growth in all major revenue streams. Gross production collections jumped by 149.5 percent, combined individual and corporate receipts rose by 28 percent, and sales taxes were up 18.8 percent. Motor vehicle collections increased by 6.7 percent.
Of note are use tax collections for the month. Paid on out-of-state purchases including internet sales, January use tax receipts topped $100 million for the first time in state history and jumped by 13.9 percent. Use tax collections have risen steadily since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision in June 2018 that paved the way for easier collection of taxes on internet sales.
Twelve-month collections rose by $2.38 billion, or 18.1 percent, compared to the previous 12 months with all four major revenue streams showing expansion ranging from 108.1 percent in gross production receipts to 12.7 percent in motor vehicle taxes.
The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index for January anticipates continued economic growth in the new year. The January index was set at 59.6, down from 70.3 in December and 62.4 in November. However, numbers above 50 indicate expected expansion during the next three to six months.
The Oklahoma unemployment rate in December was reported as 2.3 percent by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s jobless rate was down from 2.5 percent in November and from 4.5 percent in December 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate was set at 3.9 percent in December.
Compared to gross receipts from January 2021, collections in January 2022 show:
Combined gross receipts for the past 12 months compared to the previous period show:
About Gross Receipts to the Treasury
The monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report, developed by the state treasurer’s office, provides a timely and broad view of the state’s economy.
It is released in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes.
The General Revenue Fund, the state’s main operating account, receives less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder apportioned to other state funds, remitted to cities and counties, and paid in rebates and refunds.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration