Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Unemployment Highest since July 1983 / Hits 9% in June

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Unemployment Highest since July 1983 / Hits 9% in June

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Continuing a steady rise since September, unemployment in the state reached 9 percent in June, its highest since unemployment was 9.4 percent in July 1983, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday.

The 9 percent rate is nearly two percentage points above June 1985 unemployment of 7.1 percent.

Oklahoma unemployment in June exceeded the national jobless rate for the same period of 7.3 percent, with nearly as wide a margin.

No declines in the growing jobless rates are expected for the state until fall, according to W.J. Bowman, commission research chief.

The figures show 1,486,400 people employed in Oklahoma in June, an increase of 9,400 over May, while unemployment increased over the month by 5,200, to a total of 147,000.

The total labor force rose to 1,633,500 in June, 14,600 higher than in May.

The addition of students and graduates to the labor force at the close of the school year was attributed to much of the increase in the labor force by Bowman.

The May 1986 unemployment rate was revised to 8.8 percent, compared to June's 9 percent raise, for 0.2 percentage points increase. By comparison, unemployment in 1985 increased to 7.1 percent in June, from 6.9 percent in May, also 0.2 percentage points.

Non-farm and salaried employment declined in June to 1,156,600, a reduction of 5,800 from the revised May figure of 1,162,400. Bowman attributed that cutback largely to the seasonal release of many non-teaching employees at state and local schools, colleges and universities.

Release of school personnel resulting in a drop in government employment in June to 245,800 compared with 253,800 in May, a loss of 8,000 jobs, Bowman said.

Other industry divisions which reduce payrolls in June were mining, down 900 jobs; transportation-public utilities, with a loss of 600; and manufacturing, off 200. …

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