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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa rose 0.8 percentage points in July 2020 to 7.9%. 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 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Oklahoma 7.1% +0.7 +3.8
Tulsa 7.9% +0.8 +4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 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 73,299. There are now 36,632 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,158 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,509. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 36,667 +4,509 +21,006

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 5.7%
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 7.9% 36,667
June
2020
11.1% 6.4% 7.1% 32,158
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 13.1% 62,877
April
2020
14.7% 14.7% 15.7% 73,299
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 3.3% 15,992
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 3.1% 15,099
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 15,714
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 16,288
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 16,269
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 16,200
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.3% 16,071

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.