Department of Numbers

Oklahoma Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.0 +0.1

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 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 65,419 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 56,901 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,663. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 59,564 +586 +2,577

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
October 2019 3.6%
September 2019 3.5% 3.2% 59,564
August 2019 3.7% 3.2% 58,978
July 2019 3.7% 3.2% 58,522
June 2019 3.7% 3.2% 58,277
May 2019 3.6% 3.2% 59,052
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