Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.9 Percent

May 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in April.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent last month. That remains well below the national unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.

The commission says nonfarm employment rose by 1,800 jobs in April in Oklahoma. The professional and business services sector saw the greatest increase at 1,300 jobs, while leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 2,000.

But the leisure and hospitality sector showed the greatest increase between April 2012 and April 2013. The commission says that sector has added 5,900 jobs in the past year.