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April 11th, 2012 - Kelley Chambers

OKC unemployment rate best in country

Oklahoma City gets the gold medal for lowest unemployment rate in the nation after a few months of only taking silver.

Actually, the city shared the top spot with Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported the city had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 5.8 percent for February. That was an improvement from 5.9 percent reported for the metro in January. The report further stated Oklahoma City had the lowest unemployment rate for a metro area with more than one million people – tying with the nation’s capital. 

For Oklahoma County in the same month the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in January. Those numbers mirrored the state’s unemployment in January and February. In comparison the United States unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3 percent.

“It’s a reflection of the extraordinary times we’re enjoying in Oklahoma City,” Mayor Mick Cornett said. “After a few months of second-place finishes, even if it’s only been by tenths of points, it’s good to be number one again.”

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