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Salem, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salem rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Salem peaked in April 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Salem unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 4.1% 0.0 0.0
Salem 4.0% +0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 22,884. There are now 14,723 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,148 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,013. Salem employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salem, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Salem 8,161 +289 +1,013

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salem, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 8,161
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 7,872
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 8,256
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.2% 8,596
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.6% 9,478
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.8% 9,902
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.7% 9,600
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.4% 9,036
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 8,289
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 7,747
April
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.8% 7,654

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.