Oklahoma’s unemployment rate falls to 4%

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) reports that Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 4% in May 2021. The agency also reports an increase in initial and continued claims’ four-week moving averages, with continued claims declining. 

“We are pleased to report that the unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell to 4.0% for May 2021, which is below the national unemployment rate and ranks our state 12th nationally,” said Shelley Zumwalt, OESC Executive Director. “We are making great strides here in Oklahoma, but pre-pandemic in February of 2020 the state’s unemployment rate was at 3.1%. This indicates there is still room for improvement in helping people rejoin the state workforce. The agency is continuing to focus on our re-employment efforts to boost the state workforce, especially as federal benefits come to an end effective June 27. We are hopeful that we will continue to see positive movement in unemployment as Oklahomans return to work.”

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