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Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tulsa fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Oklahoma rate. The unemployment rate in Tulsa peaked in January 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tulsa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Oklahoma 3.4% -0.1 -0.7
Tulsa 3.1% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 36,487. There are now 21,552 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tulsa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tulsa 14,935 -482 -5,369

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tulsa, Oklahoma Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oklahoma
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployment Rate
Tulsa
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 14,935
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 15,417
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 17,198
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 17,775
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.7% 18,150
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 19,488
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 20,349
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.9% 19,059
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 18,782
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,181
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 20,406

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.