January 26, 2016 - 12:21 PM EST
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BRIEF: Oklahoma unemployment rate stays low

Jan. 26--

has shed 12,200 energy sector jobs over the last 12 months ending in December as the industry continues to be affected by low crude oil prices, according to data released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

The state saw energy sector jobs decline by 19.3 percent since December 2014.

For December,

actually gained energy jobs with the addition of 500 positions over the month.
unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in December, but the state continues to lose jobs, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The state shed 5,100 jobs in December, the second-largest decrease in employment over the month out of all 50 states.

posted the largest decline in employment over the month with a loss of 16,300 jobs.
unemployment rate in December was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the same month one year ago.

The national jobless rate was unchanged from November at 5 percent.

Construction had the largest gains in December, adding 1,300 jobs. Health services reported the largest job loss over-the-month, shedding 1,800 jobs.


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