Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 11.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 4.1% 0.0 0.0

Note: All comparisons are made with March data as April state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 147,694 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 84,677 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,532. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 88,209 +174 +3,532

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.1% 88,209
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
October 2017 4.1% 4.2% 88,215
September 2017 4.2% 4.2% 88,215
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 87,958
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 87,317
June 2017 4.3% 4.1% 86,389
May 2017 4.3% 4.1% 85,491