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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 3.8% 0.0 -0.4
Bend 4.0% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 May 2009 at 13,508. There are now 9,647 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,555 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 306. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,861 +197 -142

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 3,861
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 3,664
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.7% 3,555
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.8% 3,588
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 3,664
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.8% 3,655
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 3,983
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 4,092
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 4,067
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 3,997
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 4,039

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.