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Salem, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salem fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Salem peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 0.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salem 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
Salem 12.7% -0.4 +8.6
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: 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 2020 at 26,198. There are now 997 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salem employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salem, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Salem 25,201 -997 +16,840

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salem, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 11.2%
May
2020
13.3% 14.3% 12.7% 25,201
April
2020
14.7% 14.9% 13.1% 26,198
March
2020
4.4% 3.5% 3.5% 7,056
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 7,069
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.6% 7,181
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 6,832
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 7,092
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.7% 7,384
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 7,686
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.9% 7,962
July
2019
3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 8,172

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.