Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Oregon 4.0% 0.0 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 235,903. There are now 151,581 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 83,520 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 802. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 84,322 -1,398 +441

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to July 2019

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 4.0% 84,322
June 2019 3.7% 4.0% 85,720
May 2019 3.6% 4.2% 88,251
April 2019 3.6% 4.3% 91,163
March 2019 3.8% 4.4% 92,476
February 2019 3.8% 4.4% 92,558
January 2019 4.0% 4.3% 91,916
December 2018 3.9% 4.3% 89,857
November 2018 3.7% 4.3% 89,932
October 2018 3.8% 4.2% 89,290
September 2018 3.7% 4.1% 87,395