Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in December 2009 at 7.1% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Oklahoma 5.0% -0.1 +0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 34,065 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 72,911 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 18,630. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 91,541 -1,574 +15,168

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.0% 91,541
November 2016 4.6% 5.1% 93,115
October 2016 4.8% 5.2% 95,032
September 2016 4.9% 5.3% 95,325
August 2016 4.9% 5.1% 92,255
July 2016 4.9% 5.0% 91,496
June 2016 4.9% 4.8% 89,724
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 87,795
April 2016 5.0% 4.5% 85,130
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 81,769
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 77,806