Oklahoma City again posts lowest jobless rate for large cities

For the fifth consecutive month, Oklahoma City in June registered the lowest unemployment rate among U.S. cities of 1 million or more.
BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com Modified: August 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: August 1, 2012

For the fifth-straight month, the Oklahoma City metro area had the lowest unemployment rate among the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City metro's unemployment rate was 5 percent in June, the lowest among 49 metro areas across the nation with a population of at least 1 million. However, that rate was up from 4.5 percent in May, the figures show.

Nationwide, unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 328 of the 372 metropolitan areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The jobless rate was higher in 32 areas, and unchanged in 12 areas.

Meanwhile, unemployment rates increased in June in all but one of Oklahoma's 77 counties, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported. Tillman County remained steady at 4.5 percent in June.

The number of employed and the number of unemployed both rose in June. Employment increased by almost 19,000 from May. But the ranks of the unemployed also grew by 9,500. The local numbers are not adjusted for seasonal differences.

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