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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.6%. 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 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Oregon 4.5% 0.0 -1.3
Medford 5.6% +0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 8,460 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 552. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 5,656 +224 -1,175

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 4.5% 5.6% 5,656
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 6.8% 6,740
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 6.9% 6,820
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 7.0% 6,862
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 7.0% 6,880
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 7.0% 6,898
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 7.1% 6,883

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.