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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Oklahoma 2.5% -0.2 -2.3
Oklahoma City 2.0% -0.1 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 91,029. There are now 77,057 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 13,972 -339 -18,034

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.5% 2.0% 13,972
October
2021
4.6% 2.7% 2.1% 14,311
September
2021
4.7% 3.0% 2.1% 14,662
August
2021
5.2% 3.3% 2.8% 19,297
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 2.8% 19,516
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.3% 23,094
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.3% 22,873
April
2021
6.0% 4.1% 3.8% 26,660
March
2021
6.0% 4.3% 3.8% 26,245
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 4.3% 29,980
January
2021
6.4% 4.4% 4.3% 29,742

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.