Oklahoma’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
The national jobless rate also stayed at 6.3 percent in May, unchanged from April.
Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate among the states in May at 8.2 percent. North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.
Unemployment fell in 20 states last month and nearly three-quarters of the states added jobs, as the nation at large posted a fourth straight month of solid hiring.
Unemployment rates rose in 16 states and were unchanged in 14 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Meanwhile, hiring rose in 36 states and declined in 14.
Year-over-year, Oklahoma added 27,100 jobs from May 2013.
Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted employment grew in May by about 2,200 jobs, a 0.1 percent increase, according to data released Friday from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Nationally, seasonally adjusted employment grew by about 217,000 jobs, the fourth straight month of gains above 200,000. That’s the first such stretch since 1999. The unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent, matching a five-year low.
Some of the unemployment rate declines occurred because many of those out of work gave up on their job hunts. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.
Oklahoma saw the largest job gains in May in professional and business service, which gained 2,500 jobs over the month. The state saw the largest decline for the month in the mining and logging sub-sector, which includes oil and gas jobs, with a decline of 1,900 jobs.