Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Oklahoma 2.7% +0.1 -2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 227,670. There are now 178,266 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 49,005 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 399. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 49,404 +399 -37,530

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to March 2022

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 2.7% 49,404
February 2022 3.8% 2.6% 49,005
January 2022 4.0% 2.7% 49,607
December 2021 3.9% 2.8% 52,657
November 2021 4.2% 2.8% 52,451
October 2021 4.6% 2.9% 53,566
September 2021 4.7% 3.2% 58,633
August 2021 5.2% 3.5% 65,622
July 2021 5.4% 3.9% 72,498
June 2021 5.9% 4.2% 78,349
May 2021 5.8% 4.4% 81,623