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Albany, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albany fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Albany peaked in May 2009 at 14.9% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Albany unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Oregon 4.2% -0.1 -0.4
Albany 4.4% -0.4 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Albany, Oregon, National

Albany, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Albany, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Albany peaked in May 2009 at 8,453. There are now 5,818 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,380 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 255.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Albany 2,635 -218 -334

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albany, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.4% 2,635
October
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.8% 2,853
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 5.0% 2,915
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 5.0% 2,901
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.8% 2,798
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.4% 2,561
May
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.1% 2,380
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.2% 2,463
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.5% 2,585
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 4.4% 2,544
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 5.0% 2,892

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.