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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.1% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.5% in March 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Oregon 7.1% +0.2 -0.6
Medford 8.6% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 data as September 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 5,164 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 220. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 8,318 +198 -885

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 7.1%
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 8.6% 8,318
July
2014
6.2% 6.9% 8.5% 8,120
June
2014
6.1% 6.8% 8.5% 8,098
May
2014
6.3% 6.8% 8.7% 8,307
April
2014
6.3% 6.8% 8.6% 8,259
March
2014
6.7% 6.9% 8.5% 8,260
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 8.6% 8,315
January
2014
6.6% 7.0% 8.9% 8,583
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 9.1% 8,863
November
2013
7.0% 7.3% 9.2% 8,938
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 9.3% 9,024
September
2013
7.2% 7.6% 9.3% 9,116

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.