Oklahoma City's jobless rate falls to 3.3%, ties for lowest in nation

Posted by Charles Middleton on 04/30/2015

Oklahoma City was tied with the Austin, Texas, metro area for the lowest unemployment rate in the nation among large cities at 3.3 percent in March.

Las Vegas had the highest jobless rate for the month among large metropolitan areas at 7.2 percent.

Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 358 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 28 areas, and unchanged in 1 area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

Oklahoma City tied with Austin for lowest unemployment rate for metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more.

Across the state, unemployment rates fell in 72 of Oklahoma's 77 counties in March, according to data released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

McIntosh County in eastern Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate for March at 7.6 percent, while Cimarron County in the Panhandle had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 1.7 percent.

Written by  Brianna Bailey, Business Writer

Published The Oklahoman, April 30, 2015