OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Unemployment rates increased in 66 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties from December to January according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), while five counties seen unemployment rates decline.
The Oklahoma Employment Report released by OESC Friday shows the lowest unemployment rates in the state located in counties in the panhandle and the highest rates are located in counties in the southeast.
Cimarron County claimed the lowest county unemployment rate of 2.3 percent, followed by Beaver County at 2.6 percent. While McIntosh County posted Oklahoma’s highest county unemployment rate of 8.7 percent with Haskell and Latimer Counties at 7.8 percent each. McCurtain County reported the state’s third highest rate at 7.4 percent.
Oklahoma County’s jobless rate was at 3.7 percent, up from 3.4 percent in December, but down from 4.1 percent reported in January 2015. Tulsa County’s jobless rate was 4.0 percent, up from 3.8 percent in December, but slightly down from 4.1 percent reported back in January of 2015.
Oklahoma City metro area had a 3.6 percent unemployment rate, slightly increased from 3.4 percent in December, and down from the 3.9 percent reported in January 2015. Tulsa City metro area had a 4.3 percent unemployment rate, a slight increase from 4.0 percent reported in December, and still the same rate as reported back in January 2015. Lawton City metro area had a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, up from the 3.58 percent reported in December, but slightly down from the 4.5 percent reported back in January 2015.