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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Lawton peaked in October 2010 at 6.0% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Lawton 3.6% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 October 2010 at 3,232. There are now 1,352 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,800 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 80. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 1,880 +16 +15

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.6% 1,880
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.6% 1,864
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.6% 1,827
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.5% 1,800
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.6% 1,833
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 1,863
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 1,881
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 1,870
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.7% 1,870
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.6% 1,847
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.6% 1,841

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.