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Bend, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in June 2009 at 15.5% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Oregon 7.1% +0.2 -0.6
Bend 8.2% +0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 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 June 2009 at 12,711. There are now 6,403 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,228 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 80. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 6,308 +80 -875

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 7.1%
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 8.2% 6,308
July
2014
6.2% 6.9% 8.1% 6,228
June
2014
6.1% 6.8% 8.1% 6,260
May
2014
6.3% 6.8% 8.3% 6,445
April
2014
6.3% 6.8% 8.4% 6,543
March
2014
6.7% 6.9% 8.5% 6,586
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 8.3% 6,500
January
2014
6.6% 7.0% 8.5% 6,581
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 8.7% 6,708
November
2013
7.0% 7.3% 8.8% 6,806
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 8.9% 6,923
September
2013
7.2% 7.6% 9.1% 7,051

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.