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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 2.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Oklahoma 12.6% -2.1 +9.4
Oklahoma City 12.8% -2.4 +9.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, National

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 100,446. There are now 12,923 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 87,523 -12,923 +67,088

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 6.6%
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 12.8% 87,523
April
2020
14.7% 14.7% 15.2% 100,446
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.8% 19,108
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 19,571
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 20,376
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 20,945
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 20,953
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 20,932
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.0% 20,871
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 20,746

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.