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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2017 to 5.3%. 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 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Oregon 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Medford 5.3% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 8,534 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,037 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,545. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 5,582 +218 -565

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 4.3%
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 5.3% 5,582
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 5.1% 5,364
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.7% 4,947
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.4% 4,585
May
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.2% 4,391
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.1% 4,283
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.0% 4,129
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 4.0% 4,037
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 4.7% 4,770
December
2016
4.7% 4.5% 5.3% 5,402
November
2016
4.6% 4.6% 5.6% 5,689

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.