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Oklahoma unemployment was down slightly in November

Oklahoma's unemployment rate inched down a tenth of a percent in November.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: December 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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Oklahoma's unemployment rate inched down a tenth of a percent in November to 5.4 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Employment in the state grew by 5,510 employed Oklahomans in November. Unemployment declined by 2,090.

Oklahoma's economy added 16,100 jobs over the 12 months ending in November.

1 percent for year

The numbers show that Oklahoma's economy grew jobs at a rate of 1 percent for the year, said Lynn Gray, chief economists for the OESC.

“That's not bad — it's modest growth,” Gray said.

Statewide, employment grew by 6,000 jobs for the month, adding jobs in every sector of the economy, Gray said.

“Typically, we don't see job growth in every sector,” he said.

Although the numbers released Friday were adjusted to account for seasonal factors, the local economy often adds jobs in November, which could account for some of the positive growth.

“November is typically a good month,” he said.

The national unemployment rate was 7 percent for November, showing no change over the previous month.

Unemployment declined in 45 states and the District of Columbia in November, while five states had no change.

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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