Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2016 to 5.0%. 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 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
Oregon 5.0% -0.3 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 132,896 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 91,221 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,773. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 103,994 -7,153 -6,616

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
December 2016 4.7%
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 103,994
October 2016 4.8% 5.3% 111,147
September 2016 4.9% 5.5% 113,462
August 2016 4.9% 5.4% 112,269
July 2016 4.9% 5.2% 106,913
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