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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.7% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oregon 4.4% +0.1 +0.2
Medford 5.0% -0.4 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Medford, Oregon, National

Medford, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Medford, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 14,116. There are now 8,795 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,574 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 747. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 5,321 -373 +154

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.0% 5,321
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.4% 5,694
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.1% 5,353
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.9% 5,091
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 5,049
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.5% 4,702
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.4% 4,574
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.4% 4,611
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.5% 4,681
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.4% 4,658
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 4,905

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.