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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2020 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in June 2009 at 16.0% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Oregon 3.5% +0.2 -0.6
Bend 3.3% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bend, Oregon, National

Bend, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bend, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bend peaked in June 2009 at 13,221. There are now 9,988 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,110 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 123. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,233 -4 -1,138

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 14.2%
March
2020
4.4% 3.5% 3.3% 3,233
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.4% 3,237
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 3,254
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 3,110
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 3,197
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 3,297
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 3,410
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 3,526
July
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 3,631
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.9% 3,703
May
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 3,738

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.