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Unemployment rises again for Oklahoma City area

The Oklahoma City metropolitan area's unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm •  Published: July 30, 2013

The unemployment rate in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area rose to 5.4 percent in June, moving it further from its former perch as the area with the lowest jobless rate.

Minneapolis held onto its position as the large metro area with the lowest unemployment rate, despite rising from 4.7 percent to 5.1 percent last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

Oklahoma City had occupied that position for 13 consecutive months before losing out to Minneapolis in May.

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month.

Unlike the national figures, the metro unemployment data are not adjusted for such seasonal changes. Many of the cities with significant rate increases have large universities where students graduated in June and began looking for work. And many university workers are temporarily unemployed in the summer when the academic year ends.

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CONTRIBUTING: The Associated Press


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