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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.6%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.4% +0.2 +0.2
Tulsa 4.6% +0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 13,694 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 3,545. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 22,117 +1,149 +2,250

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 4.5%
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 22,117
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.1% 19,753
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.2% 20,069
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.2% 20,221
August
2015
5.1% 4.3% 4.3% 20,528
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 4.4% 20,970
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.5% 21,308
May
2015
5.5% 4.4% 4.5% 21,415

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.