County Unemployment numbers increase

According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission local unemployment rates held steady across the state during the month of November with two out of 77 counties reporting an increase. Latimer County still holds the top seat for the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.1 percent and for the first time in months, LeFlore County was no longer runner up, not even listed in the top three. the OESC states in their report that in November, Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent over the course of the month. National unemployment over the same period improved 4 percent during the moth reaching 8.6 percent. from November 2010 to November 2011 the unemployment rate declined by .8 percent. State wide unemployment fell more than 11 percent.Seven of the 11 Oklahoma super sectors reported gains, with Trade, Transportation and utilities showing the largest gain with more than 1,300 new employees driven primarily by Retail Trade. the largest monthly loss was in the sector of Professional and Business services; showing a loss of 2,000 jobs.