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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.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tulsa 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
Tulsa 4.3% -0.2 -1.3
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: 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 January 2010 at 36,989. There are now 18,045 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 18,944 -921 -6,420

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 3.9%
January
2015
5.7% 3.9%
December
2014
5.6% 3.9% 4.3% 18,944
November
2014
5.8% 4.0% 4.5% 19,865
October
2014
5.7% 4.1% 4.5% 20,065
September
2014
5.9% 4.2% 4.7% 20,826
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 4.7% 20,964
July
2014
6.2% 4.4% 4.7% 21,145
June
2014
6.1% 4.5% 4.8% 21,357
May
2014
6.3% 4.6% 4.9% 22,142
April
2014
6.2% 4.7% 5.0% 22,693
March
2014
6.6% 4.8% 5.2% 23,768

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.