Cleveland County’s unemployment rate dropped by six percentage points between March and April, the biggest improvement in several months of lagging job prospects.

Our 4.1 percent unemployment rate is not the state’s best rate but the improvement is one of the best.

Cleveland County ranks in the middle tier of counties for unemployment.

Lattimer County has the highest unemployment with an 8.4 percent rate and Roger Mills County had the best with a 2.3 percent rate. A year earlier, Cleveland County posted a 5.8 percent rate.

The job prospects appear to be growing and fewer people are filing for first-time unemployment claims. Nationally, the rate remains at 9 percent. The government reported this week that unemployment fell in 39 states last month, the best one-month gain since 2007. The Labor Department reported employers added workers in 42 states in May.

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