OKLAHOMA CITY – March Gross Receipts to the Treasury point to accelerating economic expansion in Oklahoma, pushed along by wage growth and rising inflation, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today.
March gross receipts of $1.38 billion are up by almost 23 percent compared to the same month of last year. That is a record high for March collections. Twelve-month receipts of $15.87 billion, also a record high, are up by more than 20 percent compared to the prior period.
“The level of growth we’ve seen recently shows the state economy is hitting on all cylinders, even when accounting for inflationary pressure,” Treasurer McDaniel said. “With unemployment at a record low, more Oklahomans are finding work, which is helping deliver exceptional economic results.”
The annual inflation rate hit 7.9 percent in February, up four-tenths of a percentage point from January. It is the highest rate since January of 1982. Combined energy prices are up 25.6 percent, while the cost of food for home consumption rose at an annual rate of 8.6 percent.
Gross production collections in March set a record monthly high, generating $165.3 million, up by 82 percent from March 2021. Remittances for the month are from January production when West Texas Intermediate crude oil averaged $83.22 per barrel and Henry Hub natural gas sold for $4.38 per million BTU. Meanwhile, oil and gas drilling and oilfield employment remain well below record highs set in the past decade.
March gross receipts grew by double digits for individual and corporate income tax, and sales and use tax, and gross production collections. Motor vehicle receipts were up by 3.6 percent.
Twelve-month collections rose by $2.72 billion, or 20.7 percent, compared to the previous 12 months with all four major revenue streams showing expansion ranging from 138.6 percent in gross production to 13.9 percent in motor vehicle taxes.
The Oklahoma unemployment rate in February was reported as 2.6 percent by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is down one-tenth of a percentage point from January. The U.S. jobless rate was listed as 3.8 percent in February, down from 4 percent in January.
The monthly Oklahoma Business Conditions Index rose slightly in March. The index for the month was set at 69.7, up from 68.1 in February. The outlook remains positive as numbers above 50 indicate expected expansion during the next three to six months.
March 2022 collections compared to gross receipts from March 2021 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