1 www.Oklahoma Department of Commerce okcommerce.gov/data
Policy, Research & Economic Analysis
• OK has the 4th best U-6 unemployment rate (all unemployed + discouraged workers not looking for work + part
time employees for economic reasons) in the US, showing that OK’s employment picture is recovering for those
who are able and willing to work.
• While OK’s unemployment rate has declined rapidly over the past 6 months and employment has shown signs of
recovery, OK’s labor force has continued to decline since late 2010.
• Declines in labor force for the OKC and Tulsa MSAs began before the recession during the strong job growth of
the energy boom.
• OK labor force participation has historically been lower than the US; however, the OK participation trend is
decreasing at a greater rate even given OK’s stronger job recovery.
OK’s employment numbers are
continuing to recover, even given the
tepid national environment. During the
recession and its aftermath, OK lost
over half of the job growth that had
occurred since 2000. Currently, the
state is back to early 2007 numbers;
however regional economies are
recovering at different rates. The
Tulsa MSA is slightly behind the rest
of the state as it was hit hardest, due
to the concentration of losses in the
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Total Non-farm Employment; May, 2011
Source: Bureau of Labor
Statistics Total Non-farm
January revision; May, 2011
Recession’s Effect on Employment
OKLAHOMA LABOR TRENDS