Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in January 2010 at 7.1% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.2 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in February 2010 at 124,983. There are now 59,683 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 65,300 -3,024 -10,957

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to September 2018

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7%
September 2018 3.7% 3.5% 65,300
August 2018 3.9% 3.7% 68,324
July 2018 3.9% 3.8% 70,403
June 2018 4.0% 3.9% 72,180
May 2018 3.8% 4.0% 73,804
April 2018 3.9% 4.0% 74,671
March 2018 4.1% 4.0% 74,541
February 2018 4.1% 4.1% 75,153
January 2018 4.1% 4.1% 76,221
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 76,235
November 2017 4.1% 4.1% 76,153