Oklahoma jobless rate ticks up to 5.3 percent

Oklahoma economy shed 2,300 jobs in July.

BY BRIANNA BAILEY Published: August 20, 2013
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Oklahoma’s unemployment rate inched up to 5.3 percent in July, according to data released Monday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

That compares to 5.2...

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By the numbers

Job growth slows in nation

•Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum.

•The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January.

•Hiring increased in 32 states in July compared with June, the fewest to report job gains in three months. Seventeen states reported job losses. California, Georgia and Florida reported the largest job gains, while New Jersey and Nevada lost the most.

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