75 of Oklahoma's 77 counties see unemployment rate rise

75 of Oklahoma's 77 counties see unemployment rate rise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports the unemployment rate rose in 75 of Oklahoma's 77 counties in May.

The figures released Wednesday show Latimer County in southeastern Oklahoma with the highest jobless rate at 8.4 percent _ up from 7.8 percent in April. Haskell and McIntosh counties are next at 8.2 percent unemployment each.

The lowest rates are in the Panhandle and northwest with Cimarron County reporting 2.3 percent unemployment, Beaver County 2.5 percent, and Woods County 2.7 percent.

The two counties without a jobless increase are Hughes County at 7.1 percent and Nowata County at 5.4 percent _ both unchanged from April.

The rate in the Oklahoma City metro was 3.8 percent while the Tulsa metro was at 4.3 percent and the Lawton metro at 4.4 percent.