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Unemployment up slightly across state in December

Jobless rate inches upward in Oklahoma City and in most counties across the state.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: February 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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Oklahoma City’s unemployment ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent in December, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Oklahoma City was one of three large metropolitan areas that saw a increase in unemployment in December, according to the Labor Department. Out of the nation’s largest 49 metropolitan areas, 45 saw unemployment decreases for the month and one city saw no change.

Statewide, unemployment was 5.2 percent in December, up slightly from 5.1 percent in November.

Unemployment rates rose across 64 of the state’s 77 counties in December, according to numbers compiled by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Latimer County in southeast Oklahoma had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent in December. Beaver, Ellis and Dewey counties in northwest Oklahoma were tied for lowest unemployment rate in the state for December at 2.8 percent.

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 University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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