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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in January 2010 at 6.8% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in November 2012, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Oklahoma 5.0% -0.2 -0.3
Oklahoma City 4.8% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 38,944. There are now 9,284 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,150 in December 2012, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,510. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 29,660 -211 +1,132

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 4.9%
February
2014
6.7% 5.0% 4.8% 29,660
January
2014
6.6% 5.2% 4.9% 29,871
December
2013
6.7% 5.4% 5.0% 30,445
November
2013
7.0% 5.5% 5.0% 30,429
October
2013
7.2% 5.6% 5.0% 30,682
September
2013
7.2% 5.6% 4.9% 29,875
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 4.8% 29,543
July
2013
7.3% 5.6% 4.9% 29,776
June
2013
7.5% 5.5% 5.0% 30,231
May
2013
7.5% 5.4% 4.9% 29,515
April
2013
7.5% 5.3% 4.8% 28,736
March
2013
7.5% 5.2% 4.8% 28,956

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.