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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Oklahoma City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.2 -3.7
Oklahoma City 2.7% -0.6 -4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 72,165 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 18,864 -4,230 -29,544

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 2.7% 18,864
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.3% 23,094
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.3% 22,873
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.4% 4.3% 29,742
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.3% 30,164
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 4.6% 32,006
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 5.0% 34,497
September
2020
7.8% 5.7% 5.4% 37,653

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.