Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 5.4% -0.3 -1.3

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 236,890. There are now 129,075 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 101,019 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,796. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 107,815 -5,218 -23,430

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to December 2015

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.4% 107,815
November 2015 5.0% 5.7% 113,033
October 2015 5.0% 6.0% 117,815
September 2015 5.1% 6.2% 120,096
August 2015 5.1% 6.1% 117,491
July 2015 5.3% 5.9% 114,210
June 2015 5.3% 5.5% 106,909
May 2015 5.5% 5.3% 102,708
April 2015 5.4% 5.2% 101,019
March 2015 5.5% 5.4% 105,928
February 2015 5.5% 5.8% 114,036