Jobless rate in Oklahoma rises slightly in August to 4.7 percent; civilian labor force drops


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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.7 percent in August, up from 4.6 percent in July.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the civilian labor force fell by 5,950, total employment declined by 6,750 and the number of unemployed rose by 790.

Four of the state's nine industry sectors added jobs during the month with professional and business services increasing by 1,900 and the construction sector adding 1,400 jobs.

The leisure and hospitality sector had the largest loss in jobs, declining by 2,100, while the mining and logging and the educational and health services industries also lost jobs.

The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent for the month.

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