ATOKA, Okla. (KTEN) — An interim study conducted by state lawmakers and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is looking into ways to attract businesses and people to the Sooner State.

"Obviously, every single state in the country is having a really difficult time recruiting not only workforce, but talented workforce," said state Sen. Jessica Garvin (R-District 43).

Atoka Industrial Development president Carol Ervin believes studies like this help get the attention of people or companies looking to expand or relocate.

"The information that we get from these studies helps us define and target specific industries or specific jobs or specific tourists," Ervin said.

Garvin hopes the study helps Oklahoma become the ideal business partner for growing companies.

"We are going to look at the barriers for recruitment, the barriers for retentions, and see what what we can do — if anything — legislatively," the lawmaker said.