Unemployment Rate in Oregon Remains Steady at Longtime Low

The 4.1% unemployment rate has held for 17 months in a row—the lowest rate since at least 1976.

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 3:01 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2018 3:32 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Reports from the Oregon Employment Department (OED) are starting to become entirely predictable. For the 17th month in a row, the state's unemployment rate has hung steady at 4.1 percent, which is the lowest since the state began keeping these kinds of records in 1976.

The nation enjoys an even better unemployment rate—dipping to 3.9 percent in April, and even further to 3.8 percent in May.

While Oregon saw a net loss in payroll employment in April, 4,800 jobs were added in the month of May throughout the state. Most of those jobs were in the construction industry (1,600 jobs), health care and social assistance (1,500 jobs), professional and business services (1,000 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (900 jobs).

CLICK HERE for our article today about how homelessness is rising in Jackson County, even as jobs continue to grow.

The construction industry in particular is at an all time high for labor, with a record 106,400 jobs in the state. This was the first time that construction has risen above its previous record high—reached more than 10 years ago in August 2007 when there were 105,400 jobs.

Oregon's growth rate in new jobs rose 1.9 percent over the past year. The national growth rate was 1.6 percent during that time.

Jackson and Josephine counties have reported job growth over the last several months at an even greater rate than the state average.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 191405

Reported Deaths: 2530
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Multnomah37970584
Washington25360229
Marion21814306
Clackamas17186209
Lane12838145
Jackson10733135
Deschutes870374
Umatilla814084
Linn482867
Yamhill442275
Klamath433061
Polk371052
Malheur350461
Josephine330868
Douglas322570
Benton303919
Jefferson217034
Coos204933
Columbia171526
Union144423
Lincoln137120
Wasco137028
Hood River118130
Morrow110115
Crook107320
Clatsop9728
Baker94614
Curry6459
Tillamook6403
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3388
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
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Cases: 3758137

Reported Deaths: 62314
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123565124022
Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965964707
San Diego2779493725
Orange2707445008
Santa Clara1189012085
Kern1090311373
Sacramento1042081672
Fresno1016761684
Alameda876331545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68582803
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41871568
San Francisco36642543
Santa Barbara34317456
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29984318
Imperial28373721
Kings22971246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16442242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14037228
Yolo13894209
Shasta12071226
Butte11962199
El Dorado10111113
Napa985381
Sutter9413111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama556362
Nevada471675
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393939
Amador365247
Lake347043
Glenn238225
Colusa223016
Siskiyou218123
Calaveras212153
Inyo142638
Del Norte13678
Mono12804
Plumas7066
Modoc4954
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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