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Oklahoma City again posts best jobless rate among large U.S. cities

Unemployment down in most Oklahoma counties, official reports.
by Don Mecoy Modified: August 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm •  Published: August 29, 2012

Tulsa's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in July, down from 5.6 percent a month earlier. In 2012, Tulsa's jobless rate has risen 1.6 percentage points.

U.S. rate is 8.6 percent

Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 305 of the 372 metropolitan areas tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rates were higher in 52 areas, and unchanged in 15 areas, the agency said. The national unemployment rate in July was 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 9.3 percent a year earlier.

Meanwhile, unemployment rates rose in just six of Oklahoma's 77 counties, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

“We are seeing lower unemployment rates across the state,” Gray said. “The economy has improved. We have fewer people that are unemployed versus a year ago.”

The employment trend in the state for the past two years has “been a very positive one,” he said.

The highest unemployment rate among state counties was 10.1 percent in Le Flore County, followed by Sequoyah County, 9.2 percent, and Latimer County, 8.7 percent. All of those counties are in southeastern Oklahoma.

The lowest jobless rates were 2.4 percent in Dewey County, 2.5 percent in Ellis County and 2.6 percent in Beaver and Beckham counties. Those counties are in western Oklahoma.

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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