Okla. unemployment rate increases slightly in July

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The mining and logging industries in Oklahoma have lost the most jobs over the past year. But state unemployment overall is still more than 2 percentage points better than the national jobless rate of 7.4 percent.

Figures released Monday by the Employment Security Commission show the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased in July by one-tenth of 1 percentage point in July to 5.3 percent.

The state's unemployment rate hit a six-month low of 4.9 percent in April but has been steadily increasing since.

The commission reports the state's seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 5,750 persons as unemployment increased slightly.

The construction sector showed the largest decline from June of 2,100 jobs.

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