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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in December 2009 at 7.7% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Oklahoma 4.4% -0.1 -0.5
Tulsa 4.4% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 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 14,576 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,825 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,410. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 21,235 -1,219 -2,472

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.4% 4.4% 21,235
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.7% 22,454
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 4.9% 23,360
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.7% 22,193
June
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.7% 22,263
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.8% 22,589
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.5% 21,550
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.4% 20,908
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 20,949
January
2017
4.8% 4.7% 4.6% 21,928
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.9% 23,074

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.