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Tue June 22, 2010
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By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) New figures show more Oklahomans were out of work in May than in April or during the same period in 2009.
According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, a slight increase over the 6.6 percent rate reported in April. The agency says the rate represented 119,430 people.
The number of unemployed people increased by 4,500, or about 3.9 percent, in May over the same month in 2009. The May 2009 jobless rate was 6.5 percent.
Officials say the manufacturing sector showed the highest number of job losses, shedding 8,200 jobs for the month. The government sector added the most jobs, 4,300.
The national unemployment rate for May was 9.7 percent.