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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in May 2009 at 13.3% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Oregon 4.0% 0.0 -0.1
Medford 4.7% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 May 2009 at 13,696. There are now 8,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,842 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 168. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 5,010 +46 +5

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.1%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.7% 5,010
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.7% 4,964
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.7% 4,940
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.8% 5,044
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 4.9% 5,218
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.0% 5,282
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.0% 5,308
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.1% 5,321
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.0% 5,233
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.0% 5,238
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.0% 5,210

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.