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Albany, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albany rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Albany peaked in May 2009 at 14.9% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Albany unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 3.8% 0.0 -0.4
Albany 4.6% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Albany, Oregon, National

Albany, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Albany, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Albany peaked in May 2009 at 8,453. There are now 5,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,488 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 236.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Albany 2,724 +144 -21

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albany, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.6% 2,724
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.4% 2,580
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.4% 2,548
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.4% 2,567
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.4% 2,548
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.3% 2,488
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 2,688
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.7% 2,790
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.8% 2,860
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.6% 2,728
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.6% 2,721

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.