Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Oklahoma 4.4% 0.0 +1.3

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 236,541. There are now 155,226 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 81,269 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 46. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 81,315 +46 +23,173

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to February 2021

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 4.4% 81,315
January 2021 6.3% 4.4% 81,269
December 2020 6.7% 4.5% 83,938
November 2020 6.7% 4.8% 89,572
October 2020 6.9% 5.2% 96,447
September 2020 7.8% 5.7% 105,228
August 2020 8.4% 6.3% 116,974
July 2020 10.2% 7.2% 132,290
June 2020 11.1% 8.2% 151,281
May 2020 13.3% 9.5% 174,118
April 2020 14.8% 13.0% 236,541