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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.3%. 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 16.5% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in November 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Oklahoma 2.7% 0.0 -1.8
Lawton 3.3% +0.2 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 8,406. There are now 6,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,476 in January 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 152. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 1,628 +82 -1,015

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.7% 3.3% 1,628
March
2022
3.6% 2.7% 3.1% 1,546
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 3.0% 1,491
January
2022
4.0% 2.7% 3.0% 1,476
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 1,515
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 3.0% 1,513
October
2021
4.6% 2.9% 3.1% 1,549
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 3.4% 1,683
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 3.7% 1,859
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 4.1% 2,051
June
2021
5.9% 4.2% 4.4% 2,239

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.