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May 2, 2011

County sees significant drops in unemployment in March

— Grady County and adjacent counties all experienced significant drops in unemployment during March, according to figures released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

There were 1,140 persons out of a 22,580-member labor force without jobs for the month in Grady County for an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. That is down a full percentage point since February and a 2 percent decline since March 2010. The lowered rate put Grady County 43rd among Oklahoma's 77 counties for unemployment.

Garvin County had a 4.5 percent jobless rate last month, down 2.5 percent from a year earlier and 1.1 percent less than in February. The county was 56th in unemployment numbers.

Canadian County, in 51st place, had 4.6 percent unemployment in March, compared to 5.6 percent in February and 6.1 percent a year ago.

In 44th place in unemployment was McClain County, with 4.9 percent of the labor force jobless. That is down from 5.6 percent in February and 6.6 percent in March 2010.

Stephens County's jobless rate for the month was 5.3 percent to put the county in 40th place. Unemployment in February was 6.4 percent and a year ago it was 7.8 percent.

Comanche County had 5.6 percent unemployment in March, down from 6.7 percent a month earlier and 8 percent a year ago. The county was 35th in unemployment numbers.

Highest unemployment among adjacent counties was in Caddo County with 6.4 percent in March. Still, that was an improvement over the 7.6 percent in February and 8.6 percent in March 2010. Caddo County was in 25th place.

Oklahoma's highest unemployment rate in March was 9.9 percent in Sequoyah County, followed by Latimer and Okmulgee Counties at 9.7 percent each and McCurtain County with 9.4 percent.

The counties with the lowest unemployment numbers were Roger Mills with 2.6 percent, Grant with 2.8 percent and Beaver with 2.9 percent.

March was the first month that no unemployment rates topped 10 percent in any Oklahoma County.

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