Oklahoma City’s unemployment rate ticked down slightly from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent in February, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
While Oklahoma City held the lowest unemployment rate for metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more for most of 2013, several cities have since surpassed the metro area in low unemployment.
New Orleans had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for February at 4.2 percent. Providence R.I., had the highest unemployment rate in February at 9.7 percent.
Unemployment rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 338 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 25 areas, and unchanged in 9 areas, according to the Labor Department.
In Oklahoma, Latimer County in the southeastern part of the state reported the state’s highest county unemployment rate at 9.2 percent in February, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Dewey County in Northwestern Oklahoma had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.5 percent.
The unemployment rates for 30 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties dropped over February, while rates rose in 27 counties.