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Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawton fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. 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 January 2012 at 6.1% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lawton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oklahoma 3.3% +0.1 -0.5
Lawton 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 1,403 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,803 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 84. Lawton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawton, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawton 1,887 -89 -256

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawton, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployment Rate
Lawton
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 1,887
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.9% 1,976
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.5% 1,811
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.5% 1,803
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.6% 1,869
September
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.7% 1,941
August
2018
3.8% 3.1% 4.3% 2,230
July
2018
3.9% 3.2% 4.2% 2,223
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 4.1% 2,152
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.4% 2,287
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.6% 2,411

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.