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One place where employment is at a record high: Oklahoma


Jobs aren't the only thing Oklahoma has going for it. Oklahoma also is home to the only McDonald's location that has a kids gym.


Brandi Simons

Looking for a job? You may want to head for Oklahoma. 

A record 1.7 million Oklahomans were working in May, according to the latest state data. As University of Oklahoma economist Robert Dauffenbach told The Oklahoman, “That's pretty dadgum strong in this day and age.”

Oklahoma's unemployment rate also bucked national trends and dropped to 4.8 percent in May, far lower than the US average of 8.2 percent. Oklahoma's unemployment rate has been falling for the past year and is now at its lowest level since 2008, the Oklahoma newspaper noted. 

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You'll likely have the best luck if you're looking for work in mining, logging, construction and education. The Associated Press referred to those industries as "super sectors" for job growth.

You may have to look longer for work in trade, transportation or hospitality. Those sectors lost jobs in May. 

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