OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Oklahoma has risen slightly for the third consecutive month -- although the number of Oklahomans with a job also increased.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that unemployment for September was 5.2 percent -- up from 5.1 percent in August and 4.9 percent in July.
The commission said the number of residents with a job rose to 1.71 million -- an increase of 13,700 over July. At the same time the number looking for a job rose from 1.79 million to 1.81 million.
The biggest job gains came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector -- which added 2,300 workers.
The professional and business services sector declined by 3,800 jobs while the education and health services industries dropped by 1,600 jobs.
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