State Unemployment up in May

In May, Oklahoma’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate expanded by 0.6 percent to 3.5 percent. Statewide non-seasonally adjusted labor force, employment and unemployment all expanded, with unemployment’s 23.9 percent increase leading to the monthly unemployment rate gain.

Since May 2007, statewide non-seasonally adjusted unemployment has dropped by more than 19.0 percent.

McCurtain County claimed Oklahoma’s highest county unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, an increase of 1.5 percent over the month. Sequoyah County reported the state’s second highest county rate, and LeFlore County rounded out the three highest rates at 5.6 percent in May.

Beaver County reported May’s lowest county unemployment rate of 2.0 percent. Beckham and Woodward counties shared the state’s second lowest county rate for the month. Ellis and Kingfisher counties rounded out the three lowest county rates in May at 2.2 percent.

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