Unemployment Down in Tulsa, Up Statewide

Unemployment in the Tulsa area dropped last month, according to statistics recently released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

In November, the statewide non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched up to 3.7 percent, a gain of one-tenth of a percent over the month. A change the OESB says was driven by minor movement in non-seasonally adjusted labor force, employment and unemployment.

The state’s non-seasonally adjusted labor force (-5,201 persons) and employment (-7,236 persons) both dropped from October to November, while non-seasonally adjusted unemployment (+2,215) grew by 3.5 percent during the period.

For the November-to-November period, the state job market improved as non-seasonally adjusted labor force (+4,018 persons), employment (+7,854) and unemployment (-3,836) all strengthened over the year.

The Tulsa area gained 1,600 jobs during the November, up 10,400 over November of 2005. Nonfarm employment for the area rose to 429,700, up from a 428,100 in October. The Tulsa area had a 3.5 percent unemployment rate down from 3.7 percent in October and 3.9 percent from November 2005.

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