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Oklahoma jobless rate declines

Oklahoma jobless rate declines

Oklahoma was tied with Kansas and Iowa to have 3rd-best employment rates in December

NewsOK

BY DEBBIE BLOSSOM

Published: January 23, 2010

Oklahoma’s jobless rate dropped to 6.6 percent in December — the third-best rate in the nation, tying with Kansas and Iowa — the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday.

The seasonally adjusted figure was an improvement from previous months, when Oklahoma’s unemployment hit 7 percent in November and 7.3 percent in October.

The state added 5,000 jobs, the December employment report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said, with seven out of 10 sectors reporting gains. The biggest was in professional and business services with 3,000 jobs. Manufacturing had an increase of 1,900 jobs and educational and health services posted 1,300 jobs, the OESC said.

The state’s weakened retail trade sector was behind a 1,200 job loss in trade, transportation and utilities, mirroring a national trend. Retailers shed 10,200 positions nationwide last month, the federal report... FULL ARTICLE

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