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Oklahoma City adds jobs during July in one survey, sheds 9,200 positions in another

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in July, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Oklahoma City was up 2,100 jobs in July over the previous year, a 0.3 percent increase over the previous month.

The Oklahoma City metro area still lost jobs overall in July, shedding 9,200 positions over the month, a 1.5 percent decline.

The unemployment numbers and jobs numbers are based on two separate surveys.

Oklahoma City continued to lose energy sector jobs in July, shedding another 200 positions, a 1.3 percent decline. Over the past year, Oklahoma City has lost 4,100 energy sector jobs, a 21.6 percent decline.

Across Oklahoma, unemployment rates were up over the year for most counties in July.

In July, Stephens County in southwest Oklahoma posted the state's highest county unemployment rate at 10.9 percent. Grant County claimed the lowest county jobless rate at 3.1 percent.

Unemployment rates were higher than a year earlier in 71 of 77 counties, lower in four counties, and unchanged in two counties.

Sioux Falls, S.D., had the lowest unemployment rate among U.S. cities in July at 1.9 percent. Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rate among U.S. cities at 24.3 percent.

Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 279 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 87 areas, and unchanged in 21 areas.

The national unemployment rate in July was 5.1 percent, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier.

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 ›