Unemployment for the Oklahoma City metro area inched down a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month to 4.7 percent in August, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
It remained unclear Thursday whether Oklahoma City continued to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for major metropolitan areas. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has yet to release its jobs data from August after the end of the federal government shutdown this week.
Oklahoma City had the lowest unemployment in the nation in July at 4.8 percent.
Total nonfarm employment for the Oklahoma City metro area was up 2.3 percent in August from the same time a year ago, adding 13,800 jobs over the course of the year, according to the preliminary numbers.
Unemployment declined in 48 of Oklahoma's 77 counties in August. The rate of unemployment rose in 14 Oklahoma counties and remained the same in 15 counties.
Latimer County posted the highest unemployment rate in the state for August at 8.9 percent. Roger Mills County had the lowest rate of unemployment for the month, at 2 percent.
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