- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials say Oklahoma’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that November’s unemployment rate showed a slight decrease from October’s rate of 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down by 1.1 percentage points.

The commission says Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment added 3,400 jobs in November. The U.S. seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment expanded by 321,000 jobs over the month. Statewide nonfarm employment has grown by 33,500 jobs since November 2013.

The commission says seven of Oklahoma’s nine reported seasonally adjusted sectors gained jobs in November, led by professional and business services, which added 2,700 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,500 jobs in November.

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