ADA — According to the latest figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Pontotoc County has seen a decrease in the unemployment rate in November 2005 when compared to statistics from 2004.

With the county labor force totaling 17,720 in November of 2005, only 3.8 percent of that total was unemployed, a 1.4 percentage point decrease from November of 2004, which held a 5.2 percent unemployment rate.

Carlene Hill, President and CEO of the Ada Jobs Foundation, attributes the decline in unemployment to a growing economic community.

"It's certainly good news for the area that the unemployment rate has declined." she said, "All of our major employers have continued to add jobs last year."

In addition to adding jobs, new places of business have opened, such as IRT, which has supplied Pontotoc county with 500 new employment opportunities.

"Bringing in one large new employer has really helped. It's a reflection of a lot of things coming together," Hill said.

The upcoming year also holds even more opportunities for the county. Currently, there are restaurants scheduled to open and a new hotel built within the year.