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Oklahoma ends year with 5.1 percent jobless rate

Oklahoma's unemployment rate was well below the national average of 7.8 percent, and down 1.2 percentage points from a year ago.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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The Oklahoma economy added 35,200 jobs in 2012, a 2.2 percent gain over the previous year, according to numbers released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December dipped 1.2 percentage points from 6.3 percent a year ago.

The numbers show a significant improvement in job growth in the state — especially noteworthy considering continued sluggish jobs growth nationally, said John Carpenter, spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

“It's a significant improvement when you have unemployment down more than 19,000 people over the year when, nationally, we are dealing with a lot of long-term unemployment,” Carpenter said.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 5.1 percent for December also was significantly lower than the national rate of 7.8 percent, he said.

Oklahoma ranked sixth in the nation for decreasing its unemployment rate in 2012. The numbers are especially good because the state economy also added a significant number of jobs for the year, said Deidre Myers, director of research, economic analysis and policy services for the Oklahoma Commerce Department.

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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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