Unemployment falls in all 77 Oklahoma counties

by Don Mecoy Published: May 3, 2012

In brief

Jobless rate

falls in state

Oklahoma City again had the lowest unemployment rate among large U.S. cities in March, while every county in the state reported a lower jobless rate than the previous month, according to figures issued Wednesday. Oklahoma City's jobless rate of 4.4 percent reflected a 1.4 percentage point decline, and was the lowest among metro areas of more than 1 million people, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The national unemployment rate in March was 8.4 percent.

Oil prices

dip slightly

Oil prices fell Wednesday on concerns about a weakening European economy and disappointing job growth in the U.S. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gave up 94 cents to end the day at $105.22 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which helps set the price of oil imported into the U.S., lost $1.46 to finish at $118.20 per barrel in London.

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS


by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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