Oklahoma jobless rate unchanged at 5.4 percent.

The national unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in December — the lowest rate in five years.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014
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Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent in December, unchanged from the previous month, according to numbers released Tuesday.

Nationally, unemployment fell to 6.7 percent in December — the lowest rate in five years.

Unemployment fell across 39 states in December and rose in two states. Oklahoma was one of nine states that had no change, according to the Department of Labor.

In Oklahoma, seasonally adjusted employment grew by 5,850 employed people in December. Seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by 740 people in the state, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Over the year, seasonally adjusted unemployment rose by 4,720 people, a 5.1 percent increase.

Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by 3,400 jobs over the month of December, or two-tenths of a percent. From December 2012 to December 2013, employment grew by 18,800 jobs or 1.2 percent, according to Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Oklahoma posted job gains for the fourth straight month paced by growth in the energy sector, trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, and government.

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 Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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