Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in December 2009 at 7.1% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.3% -0.2 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in February 2010 at 125,606. There are now 45,924 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 73,924 in November 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,758. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 79,682 -2,293 -9,104

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to March 2017

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 79,682
February 2017 4.7% 4.5% 81,975
January 2017 4.8% 4.7% 85,329
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 88,312
November 2016 4.6% 4.9% 89,161
October 2016 4.8% 4.9% 90,000
September 2016 4.9% 5.0% 90,835
August 2016 4.9% 5.0% 91,510
July 2016 4.9% 5.0% 91,912
June 2016 4.9% 5.0% 91,845
May 2016 4.7% 5.0% 91,196
April 2016 5.0% 4.9% 90,116