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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.2 -3.7
Tulsa 3.0% -0.6 -4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 65,029. There are now 50,749 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 14,280 -2,968 -22,849

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 3.0% 14,280
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.6% 17,248
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.6% 17,266
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,075
March
2021
6.0% 4.3% 4.1% 19,484
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 5.0% 24,156
January
2021
6.3% 4.4% 4.4% 21,331
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.9% 23,806
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 5.1% 24,512
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 5.3% 25,396
September
2020
7.8% 5.7% 6.0% 29,284

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.