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Bend, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 5.4% -0.3 -1.3
Bend 5.6% -0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 8,835 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 195. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,673 -172 -1,270

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.4% 5.6% 4,673
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.8% 4,845
October
2015
5.0% 6.0% 6.3% 5,193
September
2015
5.1% 6.2% 6.6% 5,388
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 6.5% 5,249
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 6.6% 5,365
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 6.2% 4,968
May
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.9% 4,725
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

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.