Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.3%. 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 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Oregon 5.3% -0.2 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 125,932 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 91,221 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,737. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 110,958 -2,504 -829

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.3% 110,958
September 2016 5.0% 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
December 2015 5.0% 5.5% 109,647