Oklahoma had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation in August at 5.3 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The nationwide unemployment rate stood at 7.3 percent in August, up slightly from 7.2 percent in July according to preliminary data released Friday.
Just nine states reported lower unemployment rates in August than Oklahoma, including: North Dakota, 3 percent; South Dakota, 3.8 percent; Nebraska, 4.2 percent; Hawaii, 4.3 percent; Wyoming and Vermont, 4.6 percent; Iowa, 4.9 percent; New Hampshire, 5 percent; and Minnesota, 5.1 percent. Montana tied Oklahoma for the 10th lowest unemployment in the U.S. for August, at 5.3 percent.
Unemployment increased in 18 states for the month, while 17 states saw decreases. Oklahoma was one of 15 states where there was no change in unemployment numbers for August.
Unemployment in Oklahoma has held steadily in Oklahoma for the past two months and was also at 5.3 percent in August 2012.