The Woodward News

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April 13, 2013

Unemployment rate low in area

Woodward, Okla. — Western Oklahoma continues to have the state’s lowest unemployment numbers.

Woodward County has the third lowest rate in the state at 2.7 percent for February, the same as Beaver County.

A year ago, the jobless rate in Woodward County was 3.2 percent and in January it was 2.9 percent.

Out of a labor force of 13,082, there are just 351 unemployed in Woodward County.

The lowest unemployment rate in the state is in Roger Mills County with 2.2 percent. Ellis County is 2.4 percent.

Two other counties are under 3 percent as well - Beckham and Dewey.

Harper County is 3.0 percent  and Woods County 3.1 percent.

The state’s highest unemployment rates continue to be in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma.

LeFlore County has a 9.7 percent unemployment rate followed by Sequoyah County at 9.3 percent. Other counties above 8 percent unemployment are McCurtain (8.9), Latimer (8.8), Hughes (8.3) and Adair (8.0)

The state unemployment rate is at 5 percent, well under the national rate of 7.7 percent.

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