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Albany, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albany fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Albany peaked in May 2009 at 14.9% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Albany unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oregon 4.4% +0.1 +0.2
Albany 5.1% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 5,434 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 531.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Albany 3,019 -45 +159

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albany, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.1% 3,019
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.2% 3,064
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 2,860
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.8% 2,817
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.7% 2,754
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.4% 2,580
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.4% 2,548
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.4% 2,567
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.4% 2,548
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.3% 2,488
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 2,688

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.