|Updated: 12/31/2013 5:26 pm
||Published: 12/31/2013 4:45 pm
The Tulsa Regional Chamber said 2013 was a good year for job growth in Tulsa: nearly 6,000 jobs were added this year in announcements.
Almost half of those new jobs pay more than $50,000 a year and experts project the job growth to continue in 2014.
In 2008, the great recession hit Tulsa just like the rest of the country. Thousands were laid off and businesses closed their doors.
Since then, it's been a slow and steady climb back.
In 2011, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and 140 partners around Green Country set a goal of creating 10,000 new jobs that pay $50,000 or more by 2015.
With more than 9,000 already announced between this year and last year, "a new goal, an extended goal of 15,000 jobs in that five-year period," said Brien Thorstenberg with the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Thorstenberg said those are just the big announcements of mass hiring.
"Those primary jobs also have a multiplier effect where they create other jobs in, say, the service sector or the retail sector," he said.
Jessica Flint, who manages the Forge, a business incubator in downtown Tulsa, said the job growth also helps Tulsa's momentum as a destination for business startups in 2014.
"We'll see lots more growth. I feel like we're just getting started," she said.
"All the projections are that it will continue. There will be growth in a lot of the primary areas that are important to the Tulsa region," said Thorstenberg.