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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.3%. 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 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Oklahoma 5.2% -0.1 +1.0
Tulsa 5.3% -0.4 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 10,830 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,572 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,409. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 24,981 -1,755 +4,912

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.3% 24,981
September
2016
5.0% 5.3% 5.7% 26,736
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.4% 25,676
July
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 25,085
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.1% 24,072
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.9% 23,210
April
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 22,644
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 22,134
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.4% 20,968
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.0% 19,121
December
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.1% 19,365

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.