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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Oregon 4.6% -0.4 -0.9
Bend 4.4% -0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 9,542 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,966 -297 -857

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.6% 4.4% 3,966
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.7% 4,263
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 5.2% 4,775
September
2016
4.9% 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

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.