Tahlequah Daily Press

February 24, 2014

Cherokee County jobless rate up in December

Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — Unemployment rates in Cherokee County were higher last December than in the previous month.

According to this month’s data from the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, 5.7 percent of the county was without a job in December 2013, up from 5.5 percent in November and down from 5.9 percent in October.

In December 2012, 5.2 percent of the county was unemployed.

According to the state data, Cherokee County has a labor force of 23,459, with 1,341 of them unemployed.

Adair County had a 7.6 percent unemployment rate; Delaware County was at 6.4 percent; Mayes County was at 5.9 percent; Muskogee County was at 6.5 percent; Wagoner County was at 5 percent; and Sequoyah County’s unemployment was 6.9 percent.

The highest unemployment rate in Oklahoma in December was found in Latimer County, where 9.2 percent of the labor force were without work.

The lowest unemployment rates were found in Beaver, Dewey, Ellis, and Roger Mills counties, which each reported a 2.8 percent rate.

Unemployment rose in 64 of the state’s 77 counties in December; fell in three counties; and was unchanged in the remaining 10 counties.