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Oklahoma City jobless rate up to 4.2 percent

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate jumped up one-half a of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in May. 

The metro area's jobless rate was also three-tenths of a percentage point higher than 4.5 percent in May 2015. 

Oklahoma City still gained a net 1,700 jobs over the month, a 0.3 percent increase

Government sector jobs saw the most gains in May, adding 900 positions in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City's energy sector continued to lose jobs in May, shedding 200 positions over the month. Since May 2015, Oklahoma City has shed 3,700 energy sector jobs, a 19.5 percent decline

Unemployment rates were lower in May than a year earlier in 333 of the 387 metropolitan areas across the nation, higher in 49 areas, and unchanged in 5 areas

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, which includes Oklahoma City, May's lowest unemployment rate, 2.9 percent, was registered in Austin, Texas. Las Vegas had the highest rate among the large areas at 6.4 percent.

Across Oklahoma, unemployment rates rates were higher than a year earlier in 52 of 77 counties, lower in 18 counties, and unchanged in 7 counties.

In May, Stephens County in southwest Oklahoma had the highest county unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. Grant County in northwest Oklahoma claimed the lowest county unemployment rate of 2.7 percent.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›