Jobless rate holds steady in Oklahoma
Oklahoma had an annual average unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
Oklahoma again had one the lowest rates of unemployment in the nation in 2013, compared to a national average rate of 7.4 percent, down 0.07 points from a year ago. Nevada had the highest average unemployment rate in 2013 at 9.8 percent. North Dakota had the lowest average unemployment for the fifth straight year at 2.9 percent.
Oklahoma’s employment-to-population ratio of 58.8 in 2013 was up slightly from 58.7 in 2012. That compares to a national employment-to-population ratio of 58.6 percent, unchanged from a year ago.
Brianna Bailey, Business Writer