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Continued unemployment claims are down to April \'09 levels, and unemployment has dropped on the county and state level for November.
The three latest reports from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show unemployment rates fell in November. The amount of people receiving benefits after their initial claim, known as continued claims, dropped again for the week ending on Dec. 19. The number of claims has fallen from a high of more than 52,000 in August to the current 39,113. The amount of continued claims has not been this low since April 2009.
The overall rate of unemployment fell on a county and state level in November, as well. Oklahoma was one of 37 states that registered lower unemployment in November. Only 10 states experienced a larger drop than Oklahoma's .3-percent decline. Texas and Hawaii also dropped .3 percent.
On a county level, 72 in Oklahoma reported a decrease, as well. Only the counties of Dewey, Pawnee, McIntosh, Hughes and Johnston did not experience lower unemployment. Canadian County's unemployment was down .4 percent, Oklahoma County was down .2 percent, and Cleveland County was down .1 percent.