Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.4%. 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 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Oklahoma 4.4% -0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 45,203 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 73,924 in November 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,479. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 80,403 -1,323 -9,597

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.4% 80,403
September 2017 4.2% 4.5% 81,726
August 2017 4.4% 4.5% 81,521
July 2017 4.3% 4.4% 79,202
June 2017 4.4% 4.3% 78,919
May 2017 4.3% 4.3% 79,027
April 2017 4.4% 4.3% 78,362
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 79,720
February 2017 4.7% 4.5% 81,975
January 2017 4.8% 4.7% 85,329
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 88,312