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Salem, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salem rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Salem peaked in April 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Salem 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
Salem 4.3% +0.1 -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: Salem, Oregon, National

Salem, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Salem, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Salem peaked in April 2009 at 22,573. There are now 13,825 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,302 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 446. Salem employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salem, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Salem 8,748 +246 -69

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salem, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.1%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.3% 8,748
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 8,502
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 8,482
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.3% 8,622
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 4.4% 8,879
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.4% 8,990
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 9,089
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.5% 9,158
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 9,112
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 9,134
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 9,119

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.