Tahlequah Daily Press

July 3, 2013

Jobless rate for county rises in May


TAHLEQUAH — Unemployment rates for all Oklahoma counties rose in May, one month after all 77 counties saw a decline in the number of unemployed.

Cherokee County had a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in May, compared to a 4.3 percent unemployment rate the previous month.

May’s number of unemployed is also higher this year than in May 2012, when 5.1 percent of the county’s labor force were without work.

According to the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, Cherokee County has a labor force of 24,189 people, with 1,294 of them jobless in May.

Neighboring Sequoyah County continues to have the state’s highest number of unemployed, at 9 percent.

Wagoner County had a 5.2 percent rate in May; Delaware County, 5.7 percent; Mayes County, 5.9 percent; Muskogee County, 6.3 percent; and Adair County, 7.3 percent.