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December 24, 2012

Better job numbers ahead

NORMAN — The state’s jobless rate has dipped again, keeping Oklahoma in the running for most employed state.

Officials this past week said the unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in November, compared to a national rate of 7.7 percent. The state added 2,700 jobs in the past month and 38,200 in the past year.

The most jobs were added in government, construction and manufacturing sectors. Oil and gas jobs, strong for the better part of the year, haven’t shown much growth since prices dipped.

Some economists speculate hiring will return in full strength once Congress and the President reach an agreement on the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

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