The Woodward News

April 30, 2014

Unemployment rate remains low across area


Woodward News

— Western Oklahoma once again have the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

Dewey County leads with 2.6 percent, according to numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission this week.

Close behind are Beaver, Ellis and Roger Mills counties at 2.7 percent.

Woodward County's rate is 2.8 percent, which is .3 percent lower than last month and the same as it was this time a year ago.

In numbers, it means out of a workforce of 13,084 in the county, there are 378 unemployed.

Beckham County is also at 2.8 percent and Major County 2.9 percent.

As is typical, the highest unemployment rates are in southeastern Oklahoma, though they dropped fairly significantly over the last month.

Latimer County's unemployment rate is 8.7 percent, down a half of a percentage point from February.

LeFlore County and Sequoyah County, both along the Arkansas border, are at 8 percent, again lower than last month. McCurtain County in the far southeast corner had possibly the most  significant drop, a full percentage point to the rate this month of 7.6 percent.

Statewide, the jobless rate is 4.9 percent, the first time it has been under 5 percent since December of 2008. The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.

In Oklahoma, there are 89,400 unemployed out a a labor force of over 1.8 million.