23 December, 2017
The jobless rate remains lower than the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission on Friday reported the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in November from 4.4 percent in October.
Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 2,100 from one year ago to 619,200 for November.
The state's jobless rate had been climbing since dipping to 3 percent in June.
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New Mexico's unemployment was higher than all other states except Alaska, which continued to have the country's worst unemployment rate at 7.2 percent. Some sectors recorded losses including trade, transportation and utilities (-1,400 jobs), manufacturing (-300), and professional and business services (-200).
The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.7 percent) and Bangor (2.9 percent) metro areas.
Oklahoma's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November as the number of people with jobs increased by more than 9,000 and the number of unemployed declined by more than 3,000.