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OKC tied for lowest unemployment rate in nation

Minneapolis-St. Paul matches Oklahoma City's 4.7 percent jobless rate for best in the country among large cities.
by Brianna Bailey Published: October 21, 2013

Oklahoma City was tied with Minneapolis-St. Paul for the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for large cities at 4.7 percent, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The city has held the top spot for lowest unemployment rate for metro areas over a population 1 million most months for the past 18 months.

Minneapolis unseated Oklahoma City for the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for the first time in 13 months in May and continued to hold on to to the No. 1 jobless rate in June.

Oklahoma City overtook Minneapolis in July for lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.8 percent.

Unemployment has held steadily at around 5 percent in Oklahoma City over the past year, down a tenth of a percentage point in August from 4.8 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent for August, down from 8.2 percent in August 2012, according to preliminary data released Monday.

Statewide, Oklahoma had an unemployment rate of 5 percent in August, down from 5.2 percent a year ago.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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