Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Oklahoma 4.7% -0.1 0.0

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 40,282 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 73,924 in November 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,400. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 85,324 -2,988 -375

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.7% 85,324
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
March 2016 5.0% 4.8% 88,786