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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.7% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 5.4% -0.3 -1.3
Medford 6.5% -0.3 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 April 2009 at 14,116. There are now 7,707 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,102 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 307. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 6,409 -337 -1,637

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.4% 6.5% 6,409
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 6.8% 6,746
October
2015
5.0% 6.0% 7.1% 6,969
September
2015
5.1% 6.2% 7.4% 7,242
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 7.3% 7,095
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 7.4% 7,155
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 7.0% 6,715
May
2015
5.5% 5.3% 6.8% 6,528
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 6.4% 6,116
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 6.3% 6,102
February
2015
5.5% 5.8% 6.5% 6,369

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.