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Oklahoma City again posts lowest jobless rate for large cities

For the fifth consecutive month, Oklahoma City in June registered the lowest unemployment rate among U.S. cities of 1 million or more.
BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com Modified: August 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: August 1, 2012
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Much of the June job losses came from the government sector. In the Oklahoma City metro, government employment fell by 4.1 percent from May to June. Employment in Tulsa's government sector dropped by 4.8 percent for the month.

“It's mostly caused by public schools and universities letting out for the summer,” said John Carpenter, spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

The Oklahoma City metro area added 15,500 jobs in the last year, an increase of 2.7 percent. Tulsa equaled that growth rate and added 10,800 jobs since June 2011, the commission said.

In the Lawton area, employment fell by 1,100 jobs in the last year, a decline of 2.5 percent.

Carpenter said the job market is still very tight.