Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 3.9% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Oklahoma 4.3% +0.2 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in February 2010 at 125,606. There are now 45,472 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 69,432 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,702. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 80,134 +4,486 -2,480

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to May 2015

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 4.3% 80,134
April 2015 5.4% 4.1% 75,648
March 2015 5.5% 3.9% 71,060
February 2015 5.5% 3.9% 70,205
January 2015 5.7% 3.9% 69,432
December 2014 5.6% 3.9% 69,923
November 2014 5.8% 4.0% 71,136
October 2014 5.7% 4.1% 72,711
September 2014 5.9% 4.2% 74,492
August 2014 6.1% 4.3% 76,385
July 2014 6.2% 4.4% 78,414
June 2014 6.1% 4.5% 80,547