Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.4% +0.2 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in February 2010 at 125,606. There are now 43,861 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 72,911 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,834. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 81,745 +3,939 +3,836

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to March 2016

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 81,745
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 77,806
January 2016 4.9% 4.1% 75,527
December 2015 5.0% 4.1% 76,373
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 76,615
October 2015 5.0% 4.2% 77,087
September 2015 5.1% 4.2% 77,780
August 2015 5.1% 4.3% 78,796
July 2015 5.3% 4.3% 79,975
June 2015 5.3% 4.4% 80,823
May 2015 5.5% 4.4% 80,793
April 2015 5.4% 4.3% 79,758