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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.7% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Oregon 5.3% -0.2 -0.3
Medford 6.3% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 7,703 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,104 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,309. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 6,413 -344 -407

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.3% 6.3% 6,413
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 6.6% 6,757
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 6.7% 6,929
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 6.6% 6,670
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 6.2% 6,223
May
2016
4.7% 4.5% 5.6% 5,668
April
2016
5.0% 4.5% 5.4% 5,432
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 5.1% 5,104
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.2% 5,177
January
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.5% 5,467
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 6.7% 6,609

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.