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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 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 January 2010 at 7.8% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Tulsa 3.3% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 36,288. There are now 20,751 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,070 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 467. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 15,537 +124 +70

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.3% 15,537
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 15,413
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 15,289
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 15,482
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 15,646
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 15,695
February
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 15,601
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 15,509
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.2% 15,243
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 15,169
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.2% 15,070

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.