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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in January 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in November 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oklahoma 3.3% +0.1 -0.5
Tulsa 3.3% -0.1 -0.6
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: 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 20,593 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,689 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,205. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 15,894 -545 -2,888

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 15,894
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.4% 16,439
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.2% 15,212
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 14,689
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.1% 14,983
September
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 15,417
August
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.5% 17,198
July
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.6% 17,775
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.7% 18,150
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.0% 19,488
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.2% 20,349

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.