According to a report released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), overall unemployment rates compared to last year are on the rise in Oklahoma and the nation, however Delaware County appears to be holding steady for the time being.
The report said that Delaware County’s October unemployment rate for non-seasonal work was 4.7 percent, with 890 people unemployed out of a labor force of 19,010.
October 2007 statistics show an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, confirming that unemployment in the county is actually down by .2 percent this October in comparison to last year.
In September 2008, according to the report, Delaware County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, and in August 2008, statistics show an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent.
The OESC names McCurtain County as having the highest unemployment rate in the state, with 7.3 percent of its workforce jobless.
Three Oklahoma Counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state. Beaver County, Ellis County, and Roger Mills County all reported a 2.3 percent unemployment rate.
According to the OESC, the statewide unemployment average is 4.1 percent, with 73,520 jobless workers in a workforce of 1,774,610. This is lower than the unemployment rates of most surrounding states.
Arkansas reported an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in October 2008; Kansas reported 4.5 percent; Louisiana registered at 5.3 percent rate; Missouri was the highest, with 6.1 percent unemployed; Texas reported a 5.4 percent unemployment rate, and New Mexico tied with Oklahoma with a 4.1 percent rate.
The national average for unemployment is higher than it is in Oklahoma and surrounding areas, according to the OESC. Overall, the United States shows an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in October 2008, which is up considerably from the October 2007 rate of 4.4 percent.