Oklahoma jobless rates rise in counties

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

ARDMORE,OK -- Oklahoma's unemployment rate hasn't suffered as much as other states' during this down economy, especially counties in our area.

Ardmore Mayor Keith King says Carter County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in all of the state.

"We're very fortunate in Oklahoma to have a very low unemployment rate, and particularly fortunate in Ardmore and Carter County to have an even lower unemployment rate," King said.

Mayor King says Carter County has a diverse economy that needs employees, thus keeping employment up. He also says it's the large supply of raw materials, oil and gas, that maintains the county's more stable economy.

Mayor King says oil and gas bring in more businesses to manufacture the oil leading the way for more employment opportunities.

"A strong economy, you know, is going to attract not only employees but employers as well so it's kind of a snowball effect," King said.

Tripledee Drilling company Land Manager Jennifer Evans says the oil and gas industry indirectly effect a lot of people, and because the industry has been around for so long it's had a lasting effect on the community.

"Ardmore is very blessed with the oil business. A lot of people in this community that had been in the business for many generations put a lot pack into this community," Evans said.

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