Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in April 2009 at 11.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 4.1% -0.1 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 236,890. There are now 148,256 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 75,386 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,248. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 88,634 -2,084 -4,543

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to December 2017

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 88,634
November 2017 4.1% 4.2% 90,718
October 2017 4.1% 4.3% 92,300
September 2017 4.2% 4.2% 90,020
August 2017 4.4% 4.1% 86,405
July 2017 4.3% 3.8% 81,603
June 2017 4.3% 3.7% 77,348
May 2017 4.3% 3.6% 75,386
April 2017 4.4% 3.7% 76,691
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 78,695
February 2017 4.7% 4.0% 82,289