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Oklahoma City jobless rate again is lowest among large U.S. cities

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate is best among cities of 1 million or more for the eighth straight month.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

The numbers are not seasonally adjusted but still show strong job growth, Lynn Gray said, chief economist for the Employment Security Commission.

“This is still a good month in terms of job creation in Oklahoma City,” Gray said.

Oklahoma saw its unemployment numbers decline across all 77 counties in November, according to state data.

After Oklahoma City, the next-lowest rate among metro areas of 1 million people or larger was New Orleans, with a jobless rate of 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., metro area had the highest unemployment rate among large cities, at 11.3 percent.

Nation sees progress

Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 322 of the 372 metropolitan areas, the bureau said.

Four areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 52 areas registered rates of less than 5 percent.

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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