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A view of downtown Tulsa and the Arkansas River. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file

Unemployment rates ticked up in the Tulsa metropolitan area and Oklahoma as a whole in October even though the number of people with jobs also rose, according to reports Wednesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tulsa’s unemployment rate rose to 3.5%, up from 3.1% in September, according to the monthly household survey.

A separate survey of employers, called the establishment survey, put the number of people on nonfarm payrolls in the Tulsa MSA at 459,400, 3,000 more than a month earlier and 2,000 more than in October 2018.

Statewide unemployment stood at 3.3%, with the Oklahoma City metro area at 2.9%.

According to the establishment data, the Oklahoma City MSA added 7,200 jobs from October 2018 to October 2019. The state as a whole added only 4,400 jobs, meaning jobs were actually lost outside the two major metro areas.

Total nonfarm employment for October was just over 1.7 million, with more than 1.1 million of those in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

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Randy has been with the Tulsa World since 1979. He is a native of Hinton, Okla., and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Krehbiel primarily covers government and politics. Phone: 918-581-8365

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