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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2009 at 13.7% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Medford 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
Medford 4.8% +0.3 +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: 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 9,104 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 438. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 5,012 +310 +122

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.8% 5,012
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.5% 4,702
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.4% 4,574
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.4% 4,611
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.5% 4,681
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.4% 4,658
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 4,905
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.8% 5,132
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.8% 5,167
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.7% 4,964
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.7% 4,897

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.