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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.7 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Oklahoma 4.4% -0.1 +1.3
Tulsa 5.2% -0.7 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 73,299. There are now 47,868 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 25,431 -2,750 +9,717

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.4%
January
2021
6.3% 4.4% 5.2% 25,431
December
2020
6.7% 4.5% 5.9% 28,181
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 6.8% 32,493
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 6.9% 33,343
September
2020
7.8% 5.7% 6.0% 29,414
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 6.3% 29,721
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 7.8% 36,646
June
2020
11.1% 8.2% 7.1% 32,158
May
2020
13.3% 9.5% 13.1% 62,877
April
2020
14.8% 13.0% 15.7% 73,299

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.