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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in December 2009 at 6.5% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.0% 0.0 -0.3
Oklahoma City 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 February 2010 at 38,551. There are now 13,891 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,919 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 741. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 24,660 -1,432 -1,663

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.6% 24,660
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 26,092
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.6% 24,624
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.5% 23,929
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 24,777
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 24,881
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 24,529
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 24,540
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.8% 25,370
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.9% 26,043
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.9% 25,945

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.