Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in December 2009 at 7.2% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Oklahoma 4.7% +0.1 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in January 2010 at 127,310. There are now 44,235 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 81,361 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,714. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 83,075 +793 -18,653

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to August 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 4.7% 83,075
July 2014 6.2% 4.6% 82,282
June 2014 6.1% 4.5% 81,361
May 2014 6.3% 4.6% 82,908
April 2014 6.3% 4.6% 84,367
March 2014 6.7% 4.9% 89,610
February 2014 6.7% 5.0% 90,939
January 2014 6.6% 5.2% 94,090
December 2013 6.7% 5.4% 98,483
November 2013 7.0% 5.5% 99,476
October 2013 7.2% 5.6% 101,484
September 2013 7.2% 5.6% 101,222
August 2013 7.2% 5.6% 101,728