OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in May for the second month in a row, a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission shows, and the jobless rate now ties national average.

The state’s jobless rate remained 4.3 percent in May, the same as March and April’s number. In February, Oklahoma’s rate was 4.5 percent, January was 4.7 percent, December 2016 was 4.8 percent, November and October were both 4.9 percent.

The national unemployment average dropped to 4.3 percent in May, equalling the Oklahoma rate for the first time in three months. Previously, Oklahoma’s jobless rate was lower than the national average.

According to the OESC report, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 5,449 people in May and unemployment gained at the same time by 620 people.

Since May 2016, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by 12,214 people.

The commission said the largest over-the-month job loss was in trade, transportation and utilities, with 2,300 job losses in the supersector between April and May. The “other services” sector lost 1,400 jobs during the month.

In May, the commission’s report said six of Oklahoma’s supersectors added jobs, with leisure and hospitality leading the way with 1,700 jobs added.

Between May 2016 and May 2017, trade, transportation and utilities showed the largest decline in employment with 9,300 lost jobs, followed by “other services,” which reported 2,200 less employees over the time frame.

Education and health services claimed the largest job gain over the year, with over 3,400 jobs added between May 2016 and May 2017.