January Unemployment Rates up in All Counties

Oklahoma’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate experienced a big shift in January, as it rose to 4.4 percent for the month.
Seasonal factors helped push non-seasonally adjusted labor force and employment to contract by 18,182 persons and 28,134 persons, respectively. At the same time, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment expanded by 9,952 persons. The net result was an unemployment rate gain of 0.7 percent over the month.
Coal County kicked off the year by once again claiming the state’s highest county unemployment rate at 7.7 percent. McCurtain County held sole possession of the second highest county rate of 6.7 percent. Atoka and Hughes counties tied for the third highest rate at 6.6 percent in January.
In January, Ellis County retained the state’s lowest county unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, up from 2.3 percent in December 2006. The state’s second lowest county rate of 2.8 percent belonged to Woodward County. There was a tie at 2.9 percent for the third lowest county rate in January between Beaver and Beckham counties.
Tulsa County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January stood at 3.9 percent, up from 3.4 percent in December of 2006.

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