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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in December 2009 at 6.5% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.5% +0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma City 4.2% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma City peaked in February 2010 at 38,484. There are now 10,217 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,838 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,429. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 28,267 +1,612 -1,062

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.5%
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 4.2% 28,267
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.0% 26,655
June
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.0% 26,645
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.1% 27,315
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 3.9% 26,283
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 3.8% 25,907
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 3.9% 25,859
January
2017
4.8% 4.7% 3.9% 26,035
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.2% 27,622
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 4.2% 27,865
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 4.3% 28,433

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.