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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Lawton peaked in January 2012 at 6.1% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Lawton 4.1% -0.3 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lawton, Oklahoma, National

Lawton, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lawton peaked in November 2010 at 3,254. There are now 1,073 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,177 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 2,181 -159 -153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 2,181
October
2017
4.1% 4.4% 4.4% 2,340
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.8% 2,557
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 5.0% 2,635
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.6% 2,378
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.5% 2,346
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.6% 2,443
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 2,346
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.3% 2,268
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 4.2% 2,240
January
2017
4.8% 4.7% 4.3% 2,270

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.