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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 2.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Oklahoma 12.6% -2.1 +9.4
Tulsa 13.1% -2.6 +9.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 10,744 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 62,555 -10,744 +47,108

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 6.6%
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 13.1% 62,555
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
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 15,882

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.