Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in April 2009 at 11.9% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Oregon 4.5% -0.3 -1.2

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 144,941 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 91,949 -4,776 -19,626

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 91,949
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
July 2015 5.3% 5.8% 114,701
June 2015 5.3% 5.8% 114,491
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 113,455
April 2015 5.4% 5.7% 112,223