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Unemployment Rate Rises As School Year Ends

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's unemployment rate rose 7/10ths of 1% last month to 4.5%, a significant change that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission calls typical for this time of year as schools let out for the summer.

Of the 1.7 million people in the state's labor force, the commission reported that about 78,000 were unemployed in May.

The commission reported a loss of 1,300 jobs in educational and health services, which was the only industry to report a drop in employment.

Seasonal growth in leisure and hospitality provided nearly one-third of the jobs gained between April and May, and the natural resources and mining industry provided more than one out of every four jobs gained in the state in the month.
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