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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Hits New Record Low in June

The June unemployment rate of 4 percent is the lowest the rate has been since 1976, when the state first began collecting similar records.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 3:12 PM

SALEM, Ore. — After hovering at a previous record-low for months, Oregon's unemployment rate dropped slightly in June—setting a new record for lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976.

Oregon's unemployment rate in May was 4.1 percent. In June that figure dropped, matching the U.S. average at 4 percent.

Most of the gains seen in June came from about 1,800 new leisure and hospitality jobs and 1,000 new private educational services jobs. The health care, manufacturing and construction industries also saw modest growth.

The biggest job losses came from the retail market, which shed about 1,000 jobs throughout the month.

Oregon added considerably more jobs back in May—showing a revised gain of 3,200 in "nonfarm" payroll employment (jobs) in May versus a gain of 1,900 jobs in June.

According to the Oregon Employment Department (OED), job growth has continued to slow this year, with much larger job gains from 2013 through 2017. Oregon's job growth rate over the past 12 months has been 1.6 percent, but that rate was closer to 2.8 percent in previous years—peaking at 3.7 percent in 2015.

Part of the reason for this slower job growth, says OED, is an "unusually tight labor market." Employers are beginning to find it more difficult to hire workers. That "tightness" is reflected in the following signs, according to OED:

 • The number of people working part time for economic reasons is at the lowest since at least 2002, when comparable records began.
 • The broadest measure of labor underutilization, U-6, dropped to 7.8 percent in June, which was its lowest reading since at least 2002.
 • The number of Oregonians unemployed for 27 weeks or more dropped below 7,000, the lowest level since at least 2002, and far below the more than 100,000 long-term unemployed in 2010 during the aftermath of the recession.
 • The number of people entering the labor market without a job was at its lowest level since at least 2000, when comparable records began.

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Multnomah38352591
Washington25592233
Marion22026306
Clackamas17440214
Lane13007148
Jackson10862139
Deschutes896274
Umatilla820284
Linn492969
Yamhill446376
Klamath441164
Polk375752
Malheur351863
Josephine334570
Douglas327271
Benton310019
Jefferson219837
Coos206633
Columbia174427
Union144823
Lincoln137921
Wasco137728
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Crook111322
Morrow110716
Clatsop9858
Baker95414
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Curry6469
Grant5095
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Harney3448
Wallowa1845
Gilliam631
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San Diego2785913729
Orange2709835026
Santa Clara1190642096
Kern1091771374
Sacramento1048401686
Fresno1018381688
Alameda879401657
Ventura810011013
San Joaquin732201391
Contra Costa68741805
Stanislaus621421061
Tulare49654839
Monterey43613383
San Mateo42038568
San Francisco36720544
Santa Barbara34337456
Solano32953252
Merced31898460
Sonoma30035320
Imperial28443726
Kings22989246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21308260
Madera16462242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14056227
Yolo13910210
Shasta12152226
Butte12026199
El Dorado10168112
Napa987082
Sutter9433112
Yuba626847
San Benito606563
Lassen570624
Tehama557262
Nevada474275
Tuolumne413166
Mendocino410149
Humboldt404641
Amador365847
Lake347643
Glenn239125
Colusa223416
Siskiyou223424
Calaveras212954
Inyo142838
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Mono12844
Plumas7106
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