Preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor indicates a slight worsening in jobless rates across Oklahoma and its four metro areas from December 2017 to January 2018.
The preliminary statewide rate for January 2018 shows a rate of 4.3 percent. This is worse than December 2017’s rate of 3.9 percent, but better than last January’s rate of 4.8 percent.
The trend is similar in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid and Lawton metro areas.
Oklahoma City’s January 2018 jobless rate of 3.9 percent is a slight regression from December’s rate of 3.5 percent, but is an improvement when compared to last year. In January 2017, Oklahoma City registered an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent.
Tulsa came in at 4.4 percent in January, compared to 4.1 percent in December. January 2017 unemployment in Tulsa was the highest of all the metro areas at 5 percent.
Enid’s preliminary rate is 3.8 percent for January 2018. December’s rate was 3.5 percent and January 2017 was 4.4 percent.
Lawton posted the highest metro unemployment rate in Oklahoma in January 2018 at 4.6 percent. It is also the only metro area to register the same rate in January 2017 and January 2018. The December 2017 rate was 4.2 percent.
The national unemployment rate in January was 4.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent a year earlier.