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OKC unemployment down slightly in August

Oklahoma City's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 4.4 percent, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Unemployment in the Oklahoma City metro area was seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than August 2015.

Oklahoma City added 4,000 jobs in August, a 0.6 percent increase over the previous month, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Government jobs saw the largest gains in August, adding 2,500 positions in Oklahoma City, a 2.1 percent increase from July. Professional business services added 2,100 jobs in August, a 2.7 percent increase.

Leisure and hospitality had the largest decline in August, losing 1,100 jobs over the month, a 1.5 percent decline. The Oklahoma City metro area has lost 3,800 energy sector jobs over the 12 months ending in August, a 20.3 percent decline.

Across Oklahoma, unemployment rates were higher than a year earlier in 73 of 77 counties, lower in two counties, and unchanged in two counties.

In August, Stephens County in southwestern Oklahoma had the highest county unemployment rate in the state at 10.3 percent.

Cimarron County in the Panhandle had the lowest county unemployment rate in the state at 2.7 percent in August.

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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 ›