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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in December 2009 at 7.7% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Oklahoma 4.3% +0.2 -0.3
Tulsa 4.3% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Tulsa, Oklahoma, National

Tulsa, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tulsa peaked in February 2010 at 35,648. There are now 14,954 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,424 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,270. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 20,694 +1,252 -994

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 4.3% 20,694
April
2015
5.4% 4.1% 4.1% 19,442
March
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.7% 17,424
February
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.8% 18,098
January
2015
5.7% 3.9% 3.8% 18,029
December
2014
5.6% 3.9% 3.9% 17,815
November
2014
5.8% 4.0% 4.0% 18,461
October
2014
5.7% 4.1% 4.1% 18,917
September
2014
5.9% 4.2% 4.2% 19,466
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 4.4% 20,243
July
2014
6.2% 4.4% 4.5% 20,824
June
2014
6.1% 4.5% 4.6% 21,220

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.