Jobless rates in Tulsa, Oklahoma City drop in March
BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The Tulsa metro’s jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent in March, according to information released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
March’s rate fell from 6.9 percent in February and was below the 6.8 percent rate recorded a year ago at the same time.
Oklahoma City’s 4.4 percent rate was the lowest among the 49 large metros with a population of 1 million or more.
Nationwide, unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 342 of the 372 metros, higher in 16 areas and unchanged in 14 areas, according to the BLS.
El Centro, Calif., again recorded the highest rate at 26.2 percent while Bismarck, N.D.,continued to have the lowest rate at 3.5 percent.