State's jobless rate dips in December
BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Friday, January 18, 2013
Oklahoma’s jobless rate slid to 5. 1 percent in December, according to information released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
December’s rate dropped from 5.2 percent in November and was down from the 6.3 percent rate recorded a year ago at the same time.
Nationwide, regional and state unemployment rates were little changed for the month, according to the BLS. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia saw their jobless rates decrease from a year earlier, while six states had increases and two states saw no change.
The U.S. jobless rate of 7.8 percent was unchanged from November.
Nevada and Rhode Island recorded the highest unemployment rates at 10.2 percent each. North Dakota again had the lowest rate at 3.2 percent, according to the BLS.