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Salem, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salem fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Salem peaked in April 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Salem unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oregon 4.4% +0.1 +0.2
Salem 4.5% -0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 13,843 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,918 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,123. Salem employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salem, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Salem 9,041 -323 +911

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salem, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployment Rate
Salem
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 9,041
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.6% 9,364
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 9,019
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 9,015
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.6% 9,284
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 8,718
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 8,285
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 8,069
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 7,945
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 8,071
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.1% 8,297

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.