Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Jobless Rate for Metro Area Rises to 5.8%

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Jobless Rate for Metro Area Rises to 5.8%

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Oklahoma City metro unemployment of 5.8 percent in September was up from 5.7 percent in September 1991, and up from 5.3 percent in August, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Thursday.

Employment totaled 470,600 people, unemployment totaled 28,800 people and the labor force totaled 499,400 people.

The rise in unemployment between August and September appeared to correspond with the Sept. 30 closing of the Wilson Foods Corp. plant in Oklahoma City, which employed about 300 salaried and production workers. A temporary shutdown at the General Motors Corp. plant also could have impacted the unemployment figure.

The metropolitan statistical area includes Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.

State unemployment in September was 5.8 percent, improved from both 6.4 percent in September 1991 and 6.2 percent in August, the report said. Oklahoma employment in September totaled 1.4 million people, unemployment was 87,500 people and the labor force totaled 1.5 million people.

The state result was lower by 1.4 percentage points than U.S. unemployment of 7.2 percent in September. The national figure was up from 6.4 percent in September 1991 but down slightly from 7.3 percent in August.

Oklahoma City's unemployment fortunes trailed the other three major metropolitan areas, all of which showed improved results.

Tulsa September unemployment was 5.7 percent, exhibiting quite an improvement from 6.5 percent in both September 1991 and in August. The Tulsa metro area encompasses Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Wagoner and Rogers counties.

The Lawton metro area had September unemployment of 5 percent, down from 6.5 percent in September 1991 and from 6 percent in August. The Enid metro area had September unemployment of 3.7 percent, down from 4.9 percent in September 1991 and 4.3 percent in August.

Lower unemployment rates were enjoyed in September by 65 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, compared with September 1991, the report said. Rates rose in 11 counties, and Ottawa County's rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent.

Compared with August unemployment rates, 65 counties had lower unemployment in September, 10 had higher and two were unchanged. …

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