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Medford, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Medford fell 1.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Medford peaked in April 2020 at 15.6% and is now 1.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Medford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Oregon 14.3% -0.6 +10.4
Medford 14.4% -1.2 +9.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2020 at 16,166. There are now 971 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Medford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Medford, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Medford 15,195 -971 +10,446

Number of Unemployed Persons

Medford, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployment Rate
Medford
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 11.2%
May
2020
13.3% 14.3% 14.4% 15,195
April
2020
14.7% 14.9% 15.6% 16,166
March
2020
4.4% 3.5% 3.8% 3,882
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.7% 3,840
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 3,845
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 3,578
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.6% 3,726
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.8% 3,903
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 4.0% 4,101
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 4.2% 4,304

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.