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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Lawton peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 13.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.3 -3.1
Lawton 3.5% -0.2 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 8,783. There are now 6,999 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 1,784 -101 -1,402

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 3.2% 3.5% 1,784
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 3.7% 1,885
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.9% 1,990
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 4.0% 2,044
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 4.1% 2,115
March
2021
6.0% 4.3% 4.2% 2,137
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 4.2% 2,166
January
2021
6.3% 4.4% 4.2% 2,139
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.2% 2,138
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 4.5% 2,292
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 4.9% 2,491

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.