Business briefs, March 30

Business briefs, March 30
From Staff and Wire reports Modified: March 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013
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Jobless rate falls in state

Oklahoma's jobless rate fell to 5 percent in February, down from 5.1 percent in January, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday. The decrease came as the national unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Oklahoma's employment grew by 23,240 in the last year, an increase of 1.4 percent, the commission said. The leisure and hospitality sector added more than 7,400 jobs in the last year and had the highest growth rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by construction, which added 2,500 jobs, an increase of 3.6 percent from February 2012. E. coli illness spurs recall

Officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children. No one has died, but eight were hospitalized. An investigation detected E. coli in a package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Rich Products Corp. has recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites and other frozen products made in November.

Dell sale was challenged

New regulatory filings show Dell's financial advisers tried to sway 71 potential bidders to make an offer before two challenged a proposal with the company's founder. The efforts to ignite a bidding contest are among details in documents filed Friday. They outline the events leading to the deal calling for Dell to be sold for $24.4 billion to CEO Michael Dell and a group led by Silver Lake Partners.

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