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Oklahoma City Posts Lowest Jobless Rate

May 02 2012

Oklahoma City recorded the lowest jobless rate in March among all large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate in Oklahoma City was 4.4 percent.

Recording the highest unemployment rate among large metropolitan areas in March was the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California at 12.7 percent. It was followed by Las Vegas at 12.1 percent.

Among U.S. metropolitan areas of all sizes, El Centro, Calif., posted the highest unemployment rate at 26.2 percent in January. Yuma, Ariz., posted the second-highest at 23.8 percent. Ten of the other 11 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent in January were located in California.

Bismarck, N.D., recorded the lowest unemployment rate among metropolitan areas of all sizes at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Lincoln, Neb., and Midland, Texas, at 3.7 percent each.

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