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July 31, 2013

Unemployment rises in 75 of 77 Oklahoma counties

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports that unemployment has risen in 75 of the state’s 77 counties.

The county-by-county data shows the lowest unemployment rates in the state in June were 2.9 percent in Rogers Mills County and 2.7 percent in Ellis County — both in northwestern Oklahoma.

The highest rates in the data released Tuesday are in southeastern Oklahoma with 9.2 percent unemployed in Latimer County and 8.9 percent in McCurtain County.

The jobless rates fell only in Le Flore and Sequoyah counties. The rate dropped from 8.5 to 7.9 percent in Le Flore County and from 9 to 7.9 percent in Sequoyah County.

The Oklahoma City metro unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, the Tulsa metro stood at 5.9 percent and the Lawton metro had 7.1 percent jobless.

 

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