Department of Numbers

Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in April 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Oregon 5.3% -0.2 -0.3
Bend 5.2% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 8,751 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,054 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 703. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,757 -222 -153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.3% 5.2% 4,757
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.5% 4,979
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.7% 5,138
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.7% 5,091
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.2% 4,624
May
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.6% 4,054
April
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.6% 4,136
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 4,204
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

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.