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 2015 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oklahoma 4.1% -0.1 +0.2

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 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 48,779 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 69,432 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,395. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 76,827 -1,274 +6,904

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.1% 76,827
November 2015 5.0% 4.2% 78,101
October 2015 5.0% 4.3% 78,241
September 2015 5.1% 4.4% 80,982
August 2015 5.1% 4.6% 83,917
July 2015 5.3% 4.5% 83,899
June 2015 5.3% 4.5% 83,037
May 2015 5.5% 4.3% 80,184
April 2015 5.4% 4.1% 75,648
March 2015 5.5% 3.9% 71,060
February 2015 5.5% 3.9% 70,205