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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.6 percentage points in January 2021 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in April 2020 at 18.3% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Oregon 6.2% -0.1 +2.8
Bend 7.0% -0.6 +3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 17,604. There are now 10,526 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,513 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 565. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 7,078 -377 +3,824

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.1%
January
2021
6.3% 6.2% 7.0% 7,078
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 7.6% 7,455
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 6.7% 6,513
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.3% 7,157
September
2020
7.8% 7.5% 8.0% 7,356
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 8.4% 7,783
July
2020
10.2% 9.6% 10.9% 10,050
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 12.4% 12,156
May
2020
13.3% 11.7% 16.3% 15,849
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 18.3% 17,604

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.