Jobless numbers improve in Oklahoma

U.S jobless claims just hit the highest level since August in an unexpected jump

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) had some good news to report Thursday.

The continued claims four-week moving average is now less than 100,000 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The number has now declined for the 16th straight week, landing at 90,445 for the week ending Oct. 10.

“These downward trending numbers are encouraging because they indicate that more Oklahomans are finding employment,” said OESC Executive Director, Shelley Zumwalt. “Despite the promising numbers, we are continuing to work tirelessly to provide Oklahomans the support they need.”

Nationally, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims during the same period was 898,000, an increase of 53,000 from the previous week.

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