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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.1%. 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 6.5% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in November 2018, 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oklahoma 3.3% +0.1 -0.5
Oklahoma City 3.1% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 17,364 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,105 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,082. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 21,187 -765 -2,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.1% 21,187
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 21,952
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.9% 19,764
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 19,105
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.9% 19,517
September
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 20,247
August
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.2% 22,284
July
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.3% 22,565
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.3% 22,934
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 24,689
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.8% 26,092

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.