Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Oklahoma 5.9% -0.3 +2.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 261,299. There are now 151,935 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 101,862 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,502. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 109,364 -5,812 +47,241

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to November 2020

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 5.9% 109,364
October 2020 6.9% 6.2% 115,176
September 2020 7.8% 5.4% 101,862
August 2020 8.4% 5.7% 104,722
July 2020 10.2% 7.1% 127,865
June 2020 11.1% 6.4% 113,797
May 2020 13.3% 12.6% 230,245
April 2020 14.8% 14.7% 261,299
March 2020 4.4% 2.9% 53,727
February 2020 3.5% 3.2% 58,430
January 2020 3.5% 3.3% 60,607