State's jobless rate rises in October
BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Oklahoma’s jobless rate rose for the fourth straight month, climbing to 5.3 percent in October, according to information released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
October’s rate increased from 5.2 percent in September. A year ago at the same time, the state's rate was 6.3 percent.
Nationwide, 42 states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while eight states posted increases.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9 percent for the month.
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent in October, while North Dakota again had the lowest rate at 3.1 percent, according to the BLS.