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Thu March 11, 2010

Unemployment Eases

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's jobless rate continues to improve

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's jobless rate declined to 6.7 percent in January.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday that Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.8 percent in December.

Oklahoma's rate has either remained the same or improved slightly since peaking at 6.9 percent in August.

The rate still trails the January 2009 rate of 5 percent, but it's 3 percentage points better than the current national rate of 9.7 percent.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector saw the most growth, with a net increase of 1,000 jobs fueled by increases in retail trade jobs.