OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma was among 44 states that lost jobs
in April, but the state's 6.2 percent unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 8.9 percent.
A U.S. Labor Department report issued Friday found that Oklahoma lost 7,500 jobs from March to April.
Oklahoma has lost 24,800 jobs since April 2008. The state's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent at that time.
In April, Michigan reported the highest jobless rate at 12.9 percent. The states with the next highest rates were Oregon, 12 percent; South Carolina, 11.5 percent; Rhode Island, 11.1 percent; California, 11.0 percent; North Carolina, 10.8 percent; Nevada, 10.6 percent; and Ohio, 10.2 percent.