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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 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 3.4% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Oklahoma 5.0% -0.1 +0.9
Oklahoma City 4.2% -0.1 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 data as January 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 10,441 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,249 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,794. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 28,043 -302 +4,206

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.2% 28,043
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 4.3% 28,345
October
2016
4.8% 5.2% 4.4% 29,396
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.7% 31,461
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.4% 29,455
July
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.4% 29,386
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.2% 28,280
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.1% 27,575
April
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.0% 27,295
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 3.9% 26,518
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.7% 24,928

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.