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Bend-Redmond, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bend fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Bend peaked in May 2009 at 16.3% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Oregon 4.1% 0.0 0.0
Bend 3.8% -0.4 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 9,856 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bend, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bend 3,652 -331 -91

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bend, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployment Rate
Bend
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.8% 3,652
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.2% 4,013
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.2% 4,003
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.3% 4,039
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.3% 4,084
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.3% 4,048

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.