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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in December 2009 at 7.7% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa 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
Tulsa 4.2% -0.2 +0.3
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: 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 15,779 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 2,445. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 19,869 -1,172 +2,054

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.2% 19,869
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.4% 21,041
October
2015
5.0% 4.3% 4.3% 20,680
September
2015
5.1% 4.4% 4.4% 21,060
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.6% 21,824
July
2015
5.3% 4.5% 4.6% 21,556
June
2015
5.3% 4.5% 4.5% 21,185
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 4.3% 20,725
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

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.