Oklahoma's jobless rate drops to 4.6 percent

Strong gains in leisure and hospitality sector lower Oklahoma’s unemployment rate by 0.3 percentage points in April.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: May 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate inched down to 4.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 4.9 in March, according to numbers released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

The April data paints a strong picture of the local economy for the most part, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for OESC.

“There was large decline in the number of unemployed Oklahomans, continuing a trend now seen for several months,” Gray said.

National rates

The national unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department.

Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate among the states in April at 8.3 percent while North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.

Unemployment rates fell in 43 states in April according to the Labor Department. Jobless rates rose in two states and were unchanged in five.

Employers added jobs in 39 states, while 10 states lost jobs in April. Job growth was flat in Nebraska.

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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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