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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Oklahoma 4.4% 0.0 +1.3
Oklahoma City 4.7% 0.0 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 67,864 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 32,582 -2 +13,011

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 4.7% 32,582
January
2021
6.3% 4.4% 4.7% 32,584
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 5.2% 35,784
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 6.0% 41,830
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 6.0% 42,320
September
2020
7.8% 5.7% 5.4% 38,143
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 5.6% 38,333
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 7.1% 47,450
June
2020
11.1% 8.2% 6.6% 43,535
May
2020
13.3% 9.5% 12.9% 87,941
April
2020
14.8% 13.0% 15.2% 100,446

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.