Unemployment inches higher in Oklahoma City and many counties

Jobless rate rises to 5.3 percent in Oklahoma City, and also rose in most Oklahoma counties in October.
by Brianna Bailey Published: December 6, 2013

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in October, up slightly from 5 percent in September, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Unemployment rose across most of Oklahoma's 77 counties in October, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Thursday.

Latimer County in southeastern Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.9 percent in October, up from 9.3 percent in September. Ellis County in western Oklahoma had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.8 percent, up from 2.6 percent in September.

The higher unemployment numbers were at least partially driven by the 16-day government shutdown in October, when many furloughed workers were counted as unemployed, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for the Employment Security Commission.

Data for October collected from household unemployment surveys by the commission shows that Oklahoma City shed about 2,900 jobs for the month, when the metro area typically adds jobs in October, Gray said.

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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