Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 7.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Oregon 4.3% -0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 147,421 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 89,469 -3,708 -11,977

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.3% 89,469
December 2016 4.7% 4.5% 93,177
November 2016 4.6% 4.6% 95,514
October 2016 4.8% 4.7% 97,952
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 100,449
August 2016 4.9% 5.0% 102,692
July 2016 4.9% 5.1% 104,202
June 2016 4.9% 5.1% 104,447
May 2016 4.7% 5.0% 103,512
April 2016 5.0% 5.0% 102,134
March 2016 5.0% 4.9% 101,024