Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in February 2010 at 124,983. There are now 65,983 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 56,901 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,099. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 59,000 -746 -4,879

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to May 2019

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
June 2019 3.7%
May 2019 3.6% 3.2% 59,000
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 59,746
March 2019 3.8% 3.3% 60,132
February 2019 3.8% 3.3% 59,658
January 2019 4.0% 3.2% 58,916
December 2018 3.9% 3.1% 57,502
November 2018 3.7% 3.1% 57,284
October 2018 3.8% 3.1% 56,901
September 2018 3.7% 3.1% 56,987
August 2018 3.8% 3.1% 57,650
July 2018 3.9% 3.2% 59,114