Tahlequah Daily Press

November 2, 2012

Local jobless rate increases in September

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Though unemployment rates for many Oklahoma counties improved in September, the number denoting individuals looking for work in Cherokee County rose.

The August data released by the Economic Research and Analysis Division of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in Oklahoma City showed there were 1,206 unemployed individuals in the county, which increased by 38 people in September.

The current percentage of unemployment in the county is at 4.8 percent, which is down in comparison to the 2011 September unemployed percentage of 5.7.

The current labor force number dropped from 24,764 in August to 24, 351 in September, which presented an employed headcount of 23,183. August’s employed numbers showed there were 23, 558 people working in the county.

The number of unemployed in Adair County dropped to 640 in September for a rate of 5.9  percent from 666 in August, with a current labor force of 10, 830. The headcount for the employed in Adair County is 10,190, down 29 from the 10, 219 count in August, which had an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.