Oklahoma Unemployment Down for Second Straight Month

In March, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Oklahoma decreased to 3.2 percent. During the March-to-March period, Oklahoma’s nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped by 1.1 percent.

Oklahoma’s statewide total non-farm employment expanded by 11,200 jobs in March.

When combined, the Oklahoma City and Tulsa MSAs provided more than half of the jobs gained for the month. Statewide employment expanded in all industries, with the exception of Manufacturing..

Oklahoma total non-farm employment added 11,200 jobs over the month in March 2008. Many of the new jobs came from the Service Providing Industries. Three industries, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Leisure & Hospitality and Government, accounted for more than two-thirds of the total jobs gained in March.

The only statewide industry to report job losses over the month was Manufacturing.

For the year, statewide employment expanded by 15,700 jobs. Natural Resources & Mining and Educational & Health Services combined to add 12,500 new jobs from March 2007 to March 2008.

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