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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. 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 December 2009 at 6.6% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in August 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Oklahoma City 3.0% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 37,816. There are now 17,408 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,483 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 925. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 20,408 +223 +535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 20,408
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 20,185
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 20,069
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 20,377
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 20,593
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 20,618
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 20,422
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 20,203
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.9% 19,672
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 19,596
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.9% 19,483

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.