Unemployment rises in 64 of 77 Oklahoma counties

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports that the jobless rate rose in 64 of the state's 77 counties from November to December.

The commission said Wednesday that the highest rates are in southeastern Oklahoma where Latimer County has a 9.2 percent jobless figure, McCurtain County an 8.2 percent rate and Hughes County is at 8.1 percent.

The lowest rates are in northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle where Beaver, Dewey, Ellis and Roger Mills counties each report a 2.8 percent unemployment rate.

In the state's metro areas, unemployment rose from 4.7 to 4.8 percent from in Oklahoma City; from 5.3 to 5.4 percent in Tulsa; and from 6.2 to 6.3 percent in Lawton.

Commission spokesman John Carpenter said the state's unemployment rate for December will be released in a few weeks.

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