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 2021 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Oklahoma unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Oklahoma 4.0% -0.1 -5.5

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma peaked in April 2020 at 236,541. There are now 162,686 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oklahoma job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma 73,855 -3,246 -100,263

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oklahoma from 1990 to May 2021

Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.0% 73,855
April 2021 6.1% 4.1% 77,101
March 2021 6.0% 4.3% 79,467
February 2021 6.2% 4.4% 81,293
January 2021 6.3% 4.4% 81,269
December 2020 6.7% 4.5% 83,938
November 2020 6.7% 4.8% 89,572
October 2020 6.9% 5.2% 96,447
September 2020 7.8% 5.7% 105,228
August 2020 8.4% 6.3% 116,974
July 2020 10.2% 7.2% 132,290