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If you’re trying to score a job, you’re not alone.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma saw one of the largest unemployment number growths in the nation in the last year. Recent U.S. Department of Labor numbers show seasonally adjusted unemployment increased an uncomfortable 17 percent.

The good news? Don’t answer, “There isn’t any,” because there is some middling news at least. The unemployment growth rate has slowed since it peaked in March.

Annual data runs August 2015 to August 2016 and showed Oklahoma’s unemployment rate at 5.1 percent, which is higher than the national average of 4.9 percent.

The good news? We’re trying to be positive here.

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission economist Lynn Gray told NewsOK.com that energy jobs in the state grew by 200 in August and the July number of energy jobs also was “revised upward.”

The good news? … Nevermind.

“It is possible that we have found a bottom in employment for this sector if oil prices maintain at least their recent price range,” Gray said.

If!

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