Labor Market

Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Employment and Unemployment Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting daily life for the entire country. The president declared a national emergency in the United States on March 13, 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is open for business and is continuing to assess how this national emergency affects our...



Labor Market Statistics - Economic Research and Analysis Division

The Economic Research & Analysis Division collects information with the help of employers, the public, government agencies, and various other entities in order to produce, analyze, and deliver timely and reliable labor market statistics to improve economic decision-making. Listed below are some of the data and publications available and a brief description of the contents.




April 2020: Oklahoma's unemployment rate soars to 13.7 percent while nonfarm payroll employment plunges by 130,800 jobs. Learn more



Week ending 5/16/2020: Initial and continued claims for unemployment insurance benefits decline. Learn more



March 2020: Unemployment rates were lower than a year earlier in 61 counties, higher in 15 counties and unchanged in 1 county. Learn more



April 2020:  Jobless rates higher in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more



April 2020: Three-month average employment change drops 48,600 jobs while Oklahoma sheds 130,800 nonfarm jobs over the month. Learn more



Labor Market Information by Area of Interest

Oklahoma Economic Indicators - April 2020
OESC's Economic Research and Analysis Division strives to provide our customers with timely and relevant information regarding both the Oklahoma and U.S. economy. Each month, we provide an update on national and local economic conditions through a series of economic indicators. You may also access archived editions.

News Releases
The latest news releases including employment and unemployment rates and important agency announcements concerning unemployment insurance benefits.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics
Current and historical employment and unemployment data as well as maps featuring U.S.’s and Oklahoma’s unemployment rates.

Industry and Occupational Employment Projections
Explore industry and employment projections. Our projections data is presented at the statewide level, or at the Metropolitan Statistical Area and Nonmetropolitan Area level.

Occupational Employment Statistics
Information on hourly and annual wages organized by occupation and area. The Occupational Wage Network (OWN) is accessible from here.

Current Employment Statistics
The CES program provides detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls collected through a large, nationwide survey.

Business Employment Dynamics
The Business Employment Dynamics program is a set of statistics generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, or ES-202, program. These quarterly data series consist of gross job gains and gross job losses statistics from 1992 forward. These data help to provide a picture of the dynamic state of the labor market.

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
The QCEW program provides a near census of data relating to employment, wages, and number of business establishments organized by industry and by geographic area.

Local Employment Dynamics
The LED program offers statistics on employment and wages by industry, age, and sex at any geographic location you choose.

Oklahoma's Workforce Dashboard
An interactive tool designed to visualize data and patterns related to workforce, education, and training opportunities in the state. This dashboard was created for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and incorporates data from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Access publications produced by the Economic Research and Analysis Division.

Contact information, useful web links, a glossary of economic and statistical terminology, and other states' labor market information/statistics websites.

Contact Information
Find the complete phone and e-mail directory for the Economic Research and Analysis Staff.