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Bend, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Oregon 5.3% +0.1 -1.7
Bend 5.8% +0.3 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Bend, Oregon, National

Bend, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bend, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 13,508. There are now 8,797 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,478 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 233. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,711 +233 -1,696

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.8% 4,711
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 5.5% 4,478
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 5.6% 4,556
February
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.8% 4,768
January
2015
5.7% 6.3% 6.4% 5,273
December
2014
5.6% 6.7% 7.2% 5,943
November
2014
5.8% 6.8% 7.3% 6,046
October
2014
5.7% 6.8% 7.4% 6,081
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 7.5% 6,109
August
2014
6.1% 6.9% 7.7% 6,251
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 7.9% 6,343
June
2014
6.1% 7.0% 7.8% 6,333

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.