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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in January 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Oklahoma 3.2% +0.1 0.0
Tulsa 3.3% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 61,990. There are now 45,669 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,217 in January 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,104. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 16,321 +498 +1,016

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.3% 16,321
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 15,823
July
2022
3.5% 2.9% 3.1% 15,319
June
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.1% 14,970
May
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 14,434
April
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.9% 14,146
March
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.8% 13,562
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 2.7% 13,235
January
2022
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 13,217
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 2.9% 13,770
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.9% 13,742

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.