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Oklahoma's unemployment rate dips in 55 of state's counties

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials say the unemployment rate is dropping in most Oklahoma counties, though some counties remain well above the national rate for people out of work.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says McIntosh County had the highest unemployment rate in Oklahoma in February at 8.7 percent. That's followed by Latimer County at 8.3 percent and Stephens County at 7.8 percent.

The statewide jobless rate was 4.6 percent in February, just below the national rate of 4.7 percent.

Counties in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle had the lowest employment rates in February, with Cimarron County the lowest at 2.4 percent and Dewey, Grant and Woods counties at 3 percent. Officials say the unemployment rates were lower than a year earlier in 55 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

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