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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower 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 January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Oklahoma 4.7% -0.1 0.0
Tulsa 4.6% -0.4 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 13,778 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 3,461. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 22,033 -1,718 +2,912

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 4.7% 4.6% 22,033
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.0% 23,751
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 5.0% 23,919
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.3% 25,004
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.7% 26,736
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.4% 25,676
July
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 25,085
June
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 24,072
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.9% 23,210
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 4.7% 22,644
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.6% 22,134

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.