Unemployement Rate Jumps

Oklahoma City, OK – 4 Oklahoma counties post double-digit unemployment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) New figures from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show four Oklahoma counties reported double-digit unemployment rates last month.

The commission's county-by-county unemployment figures for June released late Thursday show Hughes County in east-central Oklahoma had the highest rate at 11.1 percent. McCurtain and Latimer counties each posted figures slightly below 11 percent, while Noble County was at 10.2 percent.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are mostly in northwest Oklahoma. Beaver County in the Oklahoma Panhandle had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent, followed by Harper County at 4 percent, and Cimarron and Grant counties both at 4.1 percent.

Among the 77 counties, Oklahoma County was 44th with a 6.1 percent rate, while Tulsa County was 39th at 6.5 percent.

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