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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

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4131

Reported Deaths: 151
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah112159
Marion94225
Washington72217
Clackamas30511
Deschutes1210
Linn1159
Umatilla1143
Polk9811
Yamhill697
Lane682
Jackson650
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath420
Malheur320
Coos310
Jefferson280
Douglas260
Josephine231
Wasco221
Columbia160
Hood River140
Lincoln120
Morrow120
Curry70
Crook60
Union60
Tillamook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 106622

Reported Deaths: 4077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles516782294
Riverside7486323
San Diego7100260
Orange5923145
San Bernardino5034199
Alameda319595
Santa Clara2707140
San Francisco247341
Kern207637
San Mateo206184
Tulare184484
Fresno165832
Santa Barbara163612
Imperial163427
Contra Costa140437
Sacramento137356
Ventura106232
San Joaquin85834
Kings7143
Stanislaus68328
Sonoma5314
Solano50922
Monterey47710
Marin43614
Merced2807
San Luis Obispo2691
Yolo20723
Santa Cruz2062
Placer1999
Napa1113
Humboldt983
Madera982
San Benito852
El Dorado840
Del Norte440
Butte440
Sutter422
Nevada411
Shasta374
Mono351
Mendocino300
Yuba291
Lake230
Inyo201
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn140
Amador100
Siskiyou70
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
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