Unemployment numbers continued to drop throughout the state in March after seeing a spike during the month of January. The numbers reported in February were an improvement and the trend continued in March according to figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission last week.
Roger Mills County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2 percent, followed by Ellis County with 2.4 percent and Beaver County with 2.6 percent. The highest unemployment rate was in LeFlore County, which reported 8.9 percent. Latimer had 8.7 percent and Sequoyah had 8.3 percent. During March 69 of the 77 counties within the state reported unemployment decreases.
Murray County has the lowest unemployment in the area at 3.5 percent. It was an improvement over 3.7 percent unemployment during February but remains higher than it was a year ago when 2.8 percent was reported.
Carter County on the other hand is better off than it was a year ago. The county reported 4 percent unemployment during March, down from 4.3 percent in February and 4.1 percent a year ago.
Love County unemployment was higher in March, rising to 4.2 percent from 4 percent. Current rates are also higher than a year ago when unemployment was reported at 3.4 percent.
Johnston County numbers are similar to Carter County in that unemployment is lower than it was a month and year ago. The county reported 5.3 percent in March, down from 5.8 percent in February and 5.5 percent a year ago. Jefferson County dropped from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent in March. Unemployment a year ago was 5.2 percent.
Marshall County continues to lag behind the other area counties. Unemployment is at 5.8 percent, down from 6.3 percent but higher than the 5.5 percent rate reported a year ago.