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Oklahoma's jobless rate declines in April

Oklahoma's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in April, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: May 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013

Oklahoma's jobless rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in April, officials said Friday.

The national unemployment rate also fell one-tenth of a point to 7.5 percent, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said.

Solid hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show the job market is improving throughout most of the country.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates increased in only three states: Louisiana, Tennessee and North Dakota. Rates were unchanged in seven states.

California, New York and South Carolina all reported the largest unemployment rate declines in April. Each state's rate fell by 0.4 percentage points.

The report said 30 states added jobs in April, while 18 reported fewer jobs.

Nationwide, employers added 165,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.

The economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November. That marks an increase from only 138,000 jobs a month being added in the previous six months.

In Oklahoma, seasonally adjusted employment rose slightly, while the number of unemployed Oklahomans fell by more than 2,000 during the month.

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