Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 11.6% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Oregon 6.9% +0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 230,374. There are now 96,118 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 130,752 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,504. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 134,256 +3,504 -15,220

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to July 2014

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1%
July 2014 6.2% 6.9% 134,256
June 2014 6.1% 6.8% 130,752
May 2014 6.3% 6.8% 132,172
April 2014 6.3% 6.8% 131,588
March 2014 6.7% 6.9% 133,531
February 2014 6.7% 6.8% 131,949
January 2014 6.6% 7.0% 133,843
December 2013 6.7% 7.1% 137,193
November 2013 7.0% 7.3% 139,652
October 2013 7.2% 7.4% 142,435
September 2013 7.2% 7.6% 145,333
August 2013 7.2% 7.7% 147,897