Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon rose 0.4 percentage points in July 2016 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in April 2009 at 11.9% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 5.2% +0.4 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 236,890. There are now 130,030 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 91,221 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,639. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 106,860 +7,586 -7,841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to July 2016

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
July 2016 4.9% 5.2% 106,860
June 2016 4.9% 4.8% 99,274
May 2016 4.7% 4.5% 92,060
April 2016 5.0% 4.5% 91,221
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 92,183
February 2016 4.9% 4.8% 96,725
January 2016 4.9% 5.1% 102,324
December 2015 5.0% 5.5% 109,647
November 2015 5.0% 5.6% 110,610
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 111,787
September 2015 5.1% 5.7% 112,964
August 2015 5.1% 5.8% 114,053