Local & Regional
Mon March 18, 2013
Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Remains Steady
The Oklahoma unemployment rate remains steady for the third month in a row at 5.1%. Spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, John Carpenter, says the state's improving economy reflects the steady rate.
"That's the same that we held in December, so over the month what we saw was employment was up by almost 2800, and unemployment was down by 760. So things look like a relatively strong month for us," Carpenter says.
The unemployment rate in Oklahoma is holding well due to strong economic growth.
"What we've kind of seen here definitely reflects a strengthening economy and good economic conditions on the ground here in the state, at least at the first part of the year."
Carpenter says there are not specific factors in the economy driving the economic growth, but that this is a generalized idea.