Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 11.9% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 3.8% 0.0 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 235,903. There are now 154,943 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 79,841 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,119. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 80,960 +1,119 -7,255

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to October 2018

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.8% 80,960
September 2018 3.7% 3.8% 79,841
August 2018 3.9% 3.8% 80,612
July 2018 3.9% 3.9% 82,521
June 2018 4.0% 4.0% 84,769
May 2018 3.8% 4.1% 86,640
April 2018 3.9% 4.1% 87,934
March 2018 4.1% 4.1% 88,130
February 2018 4.1% 4.1% 88,035
January 2018 4.1% 4.1% 87,695
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 87,979
November 2017 4.1% 4.2% 88,076