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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 12.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Oregon 4.1% +0.3 -0.9
Bend 4.2% +0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 9,556 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,308 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 644. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,952 +181 -599

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.2%
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 4.2% 3,952
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.0% 3,771
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.8% 3,582
May
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.6% 3,326
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.6% 3,308
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.7% 3,423
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.7% 3,425
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 4.6% 4,161
December
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 4,033
November
2016
4.6% 4.6% 4.5% 4,109
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 4.7% 4,269

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.