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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Oklahoma 4.3% 0.0 -8.7
Tulsa 4.2% +0.1 -9.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 April 2020 at 65,029. There are now 44,794 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,484 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 751. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 20,235 +751 -44,794

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 4.3% 4.2% 20,235
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
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 6.6% 31,742
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 7.7% 37,129
June
2020
11.1% 8.2% 8.5% 40,565

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.