Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Oregon 6.1% -0.1 +2.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in April 2020 at 270,838. There are now 139,901 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 130,937 -2,514 +56,582

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to February 2021

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 6.1% 130,937
January 2021 6.3% 6.2% 133,451
December 2020 6.7% 6.3% 134,749
November 2020 6.7% 6.6% 140,504
October 2020 6.9% 7.0% 147,884
September 2020 7.8% 7.5% 159,018
August 2020 8.4% 8.4% 174,549
July 2020 10.2% 9.6% 194,855
June 2020 11.1% 10.3% 219,407
May 2020 13.3% 11.7% 247,642
April 2020 14.8% 13.2% 270,838