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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma City fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.7%. 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 15.2% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in September 2020, 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Oklahoma 5.9% -0.3 +2.5
Oklahoma City 5.7% -0.3 +2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 100,446. There are now 60,561 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,143 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,742. Oklahoma City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Oklahoma City 39,885 -2,435 +18,932

Number of Unemployed Persons

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma City
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.9% 5.7% 39,885
October
2020
6.9% 6.2% 6.0% 42,320
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.4% 38,143
August
2020
8.4% 5.7% 5.6% 38,333
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 7.1% 47,450
June
2020
11.1% 6.4% 6.6% 43,535
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 12.9% 87,941
April
2020
14.8% 14.7% 15.2% 100,446
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.8% 19,108
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 19,571
January
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.0% 20,376

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.