- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The unemployment rate in Oklahoma rose to 4.4 percent in March.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the rate was up from 4.2 percent in February. The 4.4 percent rate in March remained below the national jobless rate of 5 percent.

The OESC report says the professional and business services sector lost 2,400 jobs from February to March and there were 1,700 fewer manufacturing jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector added 500 jobs.

The report says the number of nonfarm jobs in Oklahoma fell by 5,800 from February to March and nonfarm employment was down by 6,100 from March 2015.

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