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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 8.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.1% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Oregon 6.7% -0.1 -0.6
Medford 8.4% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Medford, Oregon, National

Medford, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Medford, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Medford peaked in May 2009 at 13,482. There are now 5,264 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,098 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 120. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 8,218 -206 -645

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 5.2%
March
2015
5.5% 5.4%
February
2015
5.5% 5.8%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.7% 8.4% 8,218
November
2014
5.8% 6.8% 8.7% 8,424
October
2014
5.7% 6.8% 8.5% 8,274
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 8.6% 8,296
August
2014
6.1% 6.9% 8.6% 8,327
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 8.5% 8,120
June
2014
6.1% 7.0% 8.5% 8,098
May
2014
6.3% 7.0% 8.7% 8,307

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.