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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.7%. 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 11.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Oregon 4.5% -0.3 -1.2
Bend 4.7% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 9,318 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,190 -246 -882

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 4.5%
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 4,190
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.0% 4,436
January
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.1% 4,458
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.6% 4,823
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.7% 4,861
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.8% 4,910
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.8% 4,961
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 6.0% 5,040
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 6.0% 5,108
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 6.1% 5,115
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 6.1% 5,084

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.