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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton rose 0.8 percentage points in July 2020 to 7.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Lawton peaked in April 2020 at 19.5% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Oklahoma 7.1% +0.7 +3.8
Lawton 7.3% +0.8 +3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 6,173 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,146 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 486. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 3,632 +486 +1,770

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 5.7%
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 7.3% 3,632
June
2020
11.1% 6.4% 6.5% 3,146
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 15.7% 8,010
April
2020
14.7% 14.7% 19.5% 9,805
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 3.2% 1,610
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 3.2% 1,658
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 1,752
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 1,782
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 1,810
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.6% 1,835
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 1,856

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.