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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in December 2009 at 7.7% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Oklahoma 4.3% 0.0 -0.6
Tulsa 4.5% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 35,811. There are now 14,287 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,825 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,699. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 21,524 +616 -2,681

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.3%
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.5% 21,524
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.4% 20,908
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 20,949
January
2017
4.8% 4.7% 4.6% 21,928
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.9% 23,074
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 4.9% 23,236
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 23,707
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.2% 24,486
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 25,044
July
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 24,976
June
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.2% 24,618

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.