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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Lawton peaked in April 2020 at 19.5% and is now 14.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Oklahoma 4.4% 0.0 +1.3
Lawton 5.0% -0.1 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lawton, Oklahoma, National

Lawton, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lawton peaked in April 2020 at 9,805. There are now 7,245 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 2,560 -94 +902

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 5.0% 2,560
January
2021
6.3% 4.4% 5.1% 2,654
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 5.3% 2,718
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 6.2% 3,156
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 6.2% 3,190
September
2020
7.8% 5.7% 5.5% 2,859
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 5.7% 2,864
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 7.3% 3,623
June
2020
11.1% 8.2% 6.5% 3,146
May
2020
13.3% 9.5% 15.7% 8,010
April
2020
14.8% 13.0% 19.5% 9,805

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.