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Employment rate improves

December 29, 2011

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Unemployment in Pushmataha County improved in October from September figures, though more slowly than in previous months, while all but six of the state’s 77 counties saw increases in the unemployment rate.

Pushmataha County posted a 6.8 percent unemployment rate in October, showing a healthier labor market than all neighboring counties besides Pittsburg (6.0 percent.) Of all the bordering counties, Latimer County posted the highest unemployment rate, at 10,2 percent, followed by McCurtain County, with 9 percent, LeFlore County, with 8.1 percent, Atoka County, with 7 percent, and Choctaw County, with 6.9 percent unemployment.

Twenty five counties reported unemployment rates of 6.7 percent or higher, while 33 counties reported unemployment rates between 4.8 percent and 6.6 percent. Eighteen counties reported unemployment rates lower than 4.8 percent.

Roger Mills County boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the state, with 2.8 percent. Latimer County’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate was the highest in Oklahoma.

Pushmataha County’s average unemployment rate for the period from November 2010 and October 2011 was 7.6 percent, higher than average rates for Choctaw County (7.3 percent), Atoka County (7.4 percent) and Pittsburg County (5.9 percent), but lower than McCurtain County (9.7 percent), LeFlore County (9 percent) and Latimer County (10.1 percent.)

Pushmataha County’s October unemployment rate of 6.8 percent is also an improvement from the 7.9 percent unemployment rate reported in October of last year.

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