Unemployment Highest on Eastern Half of State

Oklahoma City, OK – Eastern Okla. counties have highest jobless rates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Four eastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma in May.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also reported that the unemployment rates in 68 of Oklahoma's 77 counties increased from April to May. The overall unemployment rate in the state fell from 5.8 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May.

The commission says Latimer and McCurtain counties had jobless rates of 8.5 percent. Okmulgee County had an 8.4 percent unemployment rate and the rate was 8.3 percent in LeFlore County.

The lowest unemployment rates were in western Oklahoma.

Commission officials say the jobless rate in Roger Mills County was 2.6 percent in May. A 2.7 percent unemployment rate was recorded in Beaver County, and Dewey, Grant and Harper counties had unemployment rates of 2.9 percent.

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