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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.3 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in January 2010 at 7.9% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Oklahoma 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Tulsa 4.2% +0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tulsa, Oklahoma, National

Tulsa, Oklahoma monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tulsa peaked in January 2010 at 36,487. There are now 16,131 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,782 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,574. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 20,356 +1,297 -1,934

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.0%
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 20,356
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.9% 19,059
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 18,782
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,181
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,406
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,265
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,304
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 4.3% 20,656
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.4% 21,077
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.5% 21,322
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.5% 21,591

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.