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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. 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 January 2012 at 6.1% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Oklahoma 3.4% -0.1 -0.7
Lawton 3.6% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 November 2010 at 3,290. There are now 1,438 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 1,852 -89 -373

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 1,852
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 1,941
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.3% 2,230
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.2% 2,223
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 4.1% 2,152
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.4% 2,287
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.6% 2,411
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.2% 2,229
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 2,143
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 2,268
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 2,221

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.