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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2019 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in June 2009 at 16.0% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Oregon 4.4% 0.0 +0.3
Bend 4.5% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 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 8,872 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,865 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 484. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 4,349 +74 +259

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6%
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 4,349
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.4% 4,275
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.4% 4,221
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.3% 4,111
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.3% 4,105
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 4,064
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.2% 3,980
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 3,905
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.1% 3,865
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.1% 3,880
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.2% 3,946

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.