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Oklahoma unemployment hits five-year low

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate hit a five-year low in March at 4.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: April 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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Oklahoma’s unemployment rate hit a five-year low in March at 4.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

March marks the first time the state’s unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent since December 2008. Unemployment inched slightly downward in Oklahoma for the month, from 5 percent in February.

Statewide, seasonally adjusted employment grew by 160 people over March, while unemployment decreased by 1,540 people. Over the course of the year, the number of Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployed fell by 5,620, down 5.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged from February at 6.7 percent, but was 0.8 of one percentage point lower than in March 2013, according to numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Brianna Bailey, Business Writer

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