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Salem, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salem rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2022 to 4.3%. 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 2020 at 11.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Salem unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Oregon 4.4% +0.3 +0.2
Salem 4.3% +0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 21,841. There are now 12,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,407 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,748. Salem employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salem, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Salem 9,155 +525 +175

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salem, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 4.4% 4.3% 9,155
October
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 8,630
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 8,133
August
2022
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 7,688
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 7,411
June
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 7,407
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 7,601
April
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 7,855
March
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 8,031
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 8,410
January
2022
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 8,819

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.