Department of Numbers

Oregon Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Oregon rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Oregon unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oregon 4.4% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Oregon, National

Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 143,415 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 83,520 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,968. Oregon job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Oregon 92,488 +572 +5,147

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 4.4% 92,488
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
August 2018 3.8% 4.1% 85,345
July 2018 3.9% 4.0% 83,881
June 2018 4.0% 4.0% 83,520
May 2018 3.8% 4.0% 84,274
April 2018 3.9% 4.1% 85,493
March 2018 4.0% 4.1% 86,646