Affordable-housing shortage stalls economy in Okla., businesses say

10/8/2013 | Republic (Columbus, Ind.), The

Energy and agricultural workers are flocking to rural Oklahoma for jobs, but they are not able to find affordable places to live, business leaders say. At least 550 employees of a pork producer and processor commute from Kansas or Texas because they can't find housing, a company official said. "We are sending payroll out of state," said Kay Decker, sociology professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

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