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Eugene, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Eugene rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Eugene peaked in April 2009 at 13.2% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Eugene 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
Eugene 4.5% +0.2 +0.1
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: Eugene, Oregon, National

Eugene, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Eugene, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Eugene peaked in April 2009 at 24,513. There are now 16,191 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,483 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 839. Eugene employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Eugene, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Eugene 8,322 +436 +211

Number of Unemployed Persons

Eugene, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Eugene
Unemployment Rate
Eugene
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.5% 8,322
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.3% 7,886
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.2% 7,697
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.2% 7,704
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.2% 7,673
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 7,483
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 7,792
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 8,019
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 8,008
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 7,795
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 7,969

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.