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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in December 2009 at 6.5% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oklahoma 4.1% -0.1 +0.2
Oklahoma City 3.5% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 38,448. There are now 14,702 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,210 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,536. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 23,746 -1,113 +999

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.5% 23,746
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.7% 24,859
October
2015
5.0% 4.3% 3.6% 24,025
September
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.7% 24,972
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.9% 26,259
July
2015
5.3% 4.5% 3.9% 25,911
June
2015
5.3% 4.5% 3.9% 25,916
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.8% 25,727
April
2015
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 24,895
March
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.3% 22,210
February
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.4% 22,734

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.