Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Unemployment Rates Fall for OKC, Tulsa, Statewide

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Unemployment Rates Fall for OKC, Tulsa, Statewide

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Unemployment in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5.3 percent for March, down from 6 percent in February.

The unemployment rate for the six county area was up from 4.8 percent for 1993, according to a monthly report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Employment for the Oklahoma City area in March was 483,000 with unemloyment of 27,100 and a labor force of 510,100.

The unemployment rate statewide in March was 6.8 percent, down from 7.6 percent for February but up from 6 percent for March 1993.

The state unemployment rate was the same as the national unemployment rate for March. In February, Oklahoma's 7.6 percent unemployment rate was higher than the national rate of 7.1 percent.

Employment statewide in March totaled 1,455,100 with 106,100 unemployed and a labor force of 1,561,200.

Unemployment rates were down for three of the four metropolitan statistical areas in the state in March from February. Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area had an unemployment rate of 7 percent for the month, down from 7.8 percent for February but up from 6.1 percent for March 1993. The Tulsa area, consisting of Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Rogers and Wagner counties, had employment of 359,700 for March, unemployment of 27,100 and a labor force of 386,800. Lawton Metropolitan Statistical Area, or Comanche County, had an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent for the month, down from 7.5 percent for February but up from 5.8 percent for March 1993. The Lawton area had employment of 41,200, unemployment of 2,875 and a labor force of 44,075 for March. Enid Metropolitan Statistical Area, or Garfield County, was the only metropolitan area in the state that had an increase in unemployment for March from February. Area unemployment for the month was 5.4 percent, up from 5.1 percent for February and 4.4 percent for March 1993.

Enid had unemployment for March of 26,750, unemployment of 1,525 and a labor force of 28,275.

Statewide, 35 of Oklahoma's 77 counties had unemployment rates higher than the national rate of 6.8 percent for the month and 15 states had unemployment rates of 10 percent or more. …

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