- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The unemployment rate in Oklahoma edged upward slightly in February.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that unemployment rose one-tenth of a percentage point from January to stand at 4.2 percent.

The commission says the total number of jobs in the state rose by just more than 5,700 from January to February, but that wasn’t enough to offset the increase of nearly 2,200 unemployed.

The leisure and hospitality sector led job growth with 2,200 new jobs, followed by an increase of 1,000 in education and health services. The manufacturing sector had the greatest loss with 2,400 fewer jobs from month to month.

The state’s jobless rate is below the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

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