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Oklahoma City jobless rate up to 4.7 percent

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate rose a half a percentage point in June to 4.7 percent, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Oklahoma City lost a total 3,200 jobs in June, a 0.5 percent decrease. 

The metro area continued to lose energy sector jobs in June, but at a slower pace than previous months. Oklahoma City lost 100 energy jobs in June, a 0.7 percent decline, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.  

Oklahoma City lost 3,400 energy sector jobs for the 12 months ending in June, an 18.3 percent decline. 

Government sector jobs saw the largest decline in Oklahoma City for June, shedding 5,100 positions, a 3.9 percent decline. 

The job loss was primarily made up of state government jobs, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Construction had the largest job gains for June in Oklahoma City, adding 1,000 positions, a 3.1 percent increase. 

The Oklahoma City metro area still gained 6,700 jobs over the year, a 1.1 percent increase, according to establishment data. The unemployment rate and job growth numbers are based on separate surveys.

On the rise?

June marked the second straight month of unemployment growth in Oklahoma City. 

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more —which includes the Oklahoma City metro — Austin, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in June at 3.3
percent. Las Vegas had the highest rate among the large areas at 6.9 percent.

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in all of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or
more.

Unemployment rates are up over the year for most Oklahoma counties, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. 

In June, Stephens County in southwest Oklahoma posted the state's highest county unemployment rate at 10.8 percent. 

Grant County in northwest Oklahoma claimed the lowest county unemployment rate of 3.3 percent.

Unemployment rates were higher than a year earlier in 65 of 77 counties, lower in 10 counties, and unchanged in 2 counties.

 

The Oklahoma City metro area still gained 6,700 jobs over the year, a 1.1 percent increase, according to establishment data. The unemployment rate and job growth numbers are based on separate surveys.

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 ›

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