The Woodward News

Local News

July 24, 2012

Jobless rate drops

Woodward, Okla. —

Oklahoma's  unemployment rate decreased in June, according to recent numbers.

John Carpenter, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Public Information Officer, said the statewide unemployment rate for June fell to 4.7 percent in June from 4.8 percent in May. The 4.7 percent is 1.4 percentage points lower than June 2011.

"Between the 2 months, 3,200 jobs were added and the number of those who were without jobs decreased by 340," Carpenter said.

Carpenter said there were 1,400 jobs added in the hospitality industry. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) said that can reflect filled positions in restaurants, hotels, casinos and other tourism-related positions.

Some 900 jobs were added in the financial services sector - banks, loan and finance companies, credit cards - and the construction industry put 800 people to work.

Carpenter said county rates would be released in a few days.

Nationally the unemployment rate for June was 8.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oklahoma's position was the 4th-lowest in the nation. South Dakota, Nebraska and North Dakota.

"Oklahoma's unemployment rate continues to outpace the national unemployment rate and is proof our pro-business polices are succeeding in creating a positive business environment for job creation and investment," said Gov. Mary Fallin.

The number of jobs added in Oklahoma is up over 30,000 from the same period last year, according to the BLS.

Text Only
Local News
  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014

  • Red Cross seeking additional volunteers

    The Red Cross is currently looking for volunteers in Woodward and the surrounding areas.

    July 20, 2014

  • Changes in military surplus program still causing some problems

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years.

    July 20, 2014

  • Love for Dr. Waddell easy to see

    Doctor Donald Waddell is known by many names by many people.

    July 20, 2014 1 Video