Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Stays Steady at Lowest Level Since 1976

The job market in Oregon is looking better than ever, according to the Employment Department.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 10:47 AM

SALEM, Ore. — For 14 months in a row, Oregon’s unemployment has hovered close to 4.1 percent, according to the Oregon Employment Department. That’s the lowest it has been since 1976—when the government began keeping track of those figures.

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,700 jobs in February, and 4,900 jobs in January. According to the financial company IG Group, nonfarm payroll (like the name suggests) includes jobs in manufacturing, construction, and goods companies—but does not include farm jobs, private household work, or non-profit employees.

In February, the retail sector added over 1,800 jobs, construction added over 1,000, and health care added over 1,000. However, there were significant losses in other sectors—1,100 in private educational services, 900 in professional and business services, and 700 in manufacturing.

Over the last 12 months, Oregon has added 43,700 jobs, or a gain of 2.3 percent. The fastest growing industries have been construction, service, and hospitality.

Compared to job growth in other states, Oregon ranks fifth in the country—lagging behind only Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Washington.

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Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 314841

Reported Deaths: 3624
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Washington35086277
Marion32748396
Clackamas26680275
Lane24145248
Jackson21050257
Deschutes16703103
Umatilla12736125
Douglas10795188
Linn1051487
Josephine8685169
Yamhill752099
Klamath651892
Polk629171
Malheur485567
Benton463728
Coos420669
Columbia325439
Jefferson315347
Lincoln277930
Union274838
Wasco242339
Crook213639
Clatsop213225
Tillamook182023
Baker176123
Morrow168621
Curry167817
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Harney82319
Grant7848
Lake6988
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
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Cases: 4651497

Reported Deaths: 68087
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Riverside3583834802
San Diego3502674021
San Bernardino3475745507
Orange3150815355
Sacramento1507202105
Santa Clara1407321841
Kern1362881521
Fresno1361631889
Alameda1164051330
Ventura978991120
San Joaquin975341615
Contra Costa95858924
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Tulare73111896
San Mateo52311607
San Francisco52008605
Monterey49485565
Solano44247312
Santa Barbara43189500
Sonoma39476378
Merced39446536
Placer36612364
Imperial34285755
Kings30179285
San Luis Obispo28351313
Madera21749263
Butte21379231
Shasta20763279
Santa Cruz20176211
Yolo19192239
Marin17127242
El Dorado16037127
Sutter13122153
Napa1228795
Yuba928061
Nevada850185
Humboldt831988
Tehama827784
San Benito709567
Mendocino691176
Lassen637927
Tuolumne616993
Lake605887
Amador493059
Glenn399030
Siskiyou391541
Calaveras342766
Del Norte339034
Colusa291018
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