From ABC Tulsa
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma’s jobless rate dipped from 4.6% to 4.4% in September, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
The numbers break a 7-month streak of increases, heavily blamed on the oil and gas industry’s economic troubles.
The numbers break down to 80,920 people out of work compared to 83,917 in September.
Oklahoma’s labor force shrank by about 0.3% from 1,842,978 in August to 1,837,236 and 3% from this time last year.
In 30 days, 1,600 oil and gas jobs were lost. That totals 11,000 oil and gas jobs lost in the last year. 8,100 manufacturing jobs are also gone.
Construction jobs are up year-over-year 7%, as are educational services, up 6.6%.