Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oregon peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Oregon 5.9% 0.0 -5.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 143,906 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 126,932 -1,280 -120,710

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.9% 126,932
April 2021 6.1% 5.9% 128,212
March 2021 6.0% 6.0% 129,914
February 2021 6.2% 6.1% 130,917
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