Oklahoma unemployment continues to rise in August

Despite a higher jobless rate in Oklahoma, some longtime unemployed people have resumed looking for work, survey suggests.
by Don Mecoy Modified: September 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012

Oklahoma's jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in August, up from 4.9 percent in July, according to figures issued Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent.

Despite the state's higher unemployment rate, there was good news in the report, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for the state agency.

Oklahoma's economy added more than 10,000 jobs in August after several months of sluggish growth, and survey numbers suggest the growth in the state's labor force included people who resumed searching for work after a long stretch of joblessness, Gray said.

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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