Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Oregon 3.3% -0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Oregon peaked in May 2009 at 235,903. There are now 166,150 fewer people unemployed in the state. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 69,753 -1,609 -18,730

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Oregon from 1990 to January 2020

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.3% 69,753
December 2019 3.5% 3.4% 71,362
November 2019 3.5% 3.4% 71,088
October 2019 3.6% 3.4% 71,353
September 2019 3.5% 3.5% 73,198
August 2019 3.7% 3.6% 75,638
July 2019 3.7% 3.7% 78,198
June 2019 3.7% 3.8% 80,515
May 2019 3.6% 3.9% 82,500
April 2019 3.6% 4.0% 84,396
March 2019 3.8% 4.1% 86,158