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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Oregon 3.8% +0.1 -0.7
Bend 3.8% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 April 2020 at 14,849. There are now 10,903 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,547 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 399. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,946 +187 -708

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 3,946
August
2022
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 3,759
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 3,620
June
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 3,547
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 3,613
April
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 3,712
March
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 3,808
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 4,001
January
2022
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 4,242
December
2021
3.9% 4.2% 4.3% 4,431
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 4,401

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.