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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in December 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Oklahoma 2.7% 0.0 -1.8
Oklahoma City 2.5% +0.1 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 87,987. There are now 70,155 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,153 in January 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,679. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 17,832 +1,144 -13,021

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 17,832
March
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.4% 16,688
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 2.3% 15,777
January
2022
4.0% 2.7% 2.2% 15,153
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 2.2% 15,243
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.3% 16,232
October
2021
4.6% 2.9% 2.5% 17,676
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 2.8% 19,644
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 3.2% 22,280
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 3.7% 25,876
June
2021
5.9% 4.2% 4.4% 30,876

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.