Department of Numbers

Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.6 percentage points in June 2016 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher 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 June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
Oregon 4.8% +0.3 -1.0
Bend 5.2% +0.6 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2016 data as July 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 8,902 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 552. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,606 +552 -509

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
July
2016
4.9% 5.2%
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.2% 4,606
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
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

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.