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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in January 2010 at 6.8% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Oklahoma 3.9% -0.1 -1.1
Oklahoma City 3.8% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 38,954. There are now 15,818 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 23,136 -1,125 -7,583

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 3.9%
January
2015
5.7% 3.9%
December
2014
5.6% 3.9% 3.8% 23,136
November
2014
5.8% 4.0% 4.0% 24,261
October
2014
5.7% 4.1% 4.1% 24,671
September
2014
5.9% 4.2% 4.3% 25,767
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 4.3% 26,005
July
2014
6.2% 4.4% 4.4% 26,343
June
2014
6.1% 4.5% 4.5% 26,957
May
2014
6.3% 4.6% 4.7% 28,282
April
2014
6.2% 4.7% 4.8% 29,014
March
2014
6.6% 4.8% 4.9% 30,003

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.