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Oklahoma unemployment rate declines

Oklahoma has one of the highest employment increases in the nation for June.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: July 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm •  Published: July 19, 2014

Oklahoma’s jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in June from 4.6 percent the previous month, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Oklahoma had one of the largest rises in employment in the nation for June, a 0.6 increase over the month. The state added 9,600 employed persons in June.

The state added jobs in all sectors over June, with the largest increase in the transportation and utilities sector with 3,100 new jobs.

Oklahoma tied the Washington, D.C., Indiana and North Dakota for largest increase in employment over the month.

The national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in June, according to preliminary data released Friday.

In June, employment grew in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and decreased in 17 states.

Mississippi and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rates among the states in June at 7.9 percent each. North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate, 2.7 percent.

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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