Okla Unemployment Rate Increases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State employment officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate notched up slightly in July, but still is better than the national average by more than 2 percentage points.

Figures released Monday by the Employment Security Commission show the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of 1 percentage point in July to 5.3 percent. During the same time, the national rate dropped to 7.4 percent.

The state's unemployment rate hit a six-month low of 4.9 percent in April but has been steadily increasing since.

The commission reports the state's seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 5,750 persons as unemployment increased slightly.

The construction sector showed the largest decline from June of 2,100 jobs.

The largest losses over the last year have been in the mining and logging industry.