Counties with the highest unemployment in Oregon

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July 8, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Oregon

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Oregon using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in May 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, a chief global economist at Piper Sandler told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years. At the height of the COVID-19 recession in April 2020, unemployment hit 14.7%.

Still, as of June 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 4.1%, with little change from the previous month. Regional and state employment range widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in the Dakotas to 5.3% in Washington D.C.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Oregon.

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#36. Wheeler County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 824 people (22 unemployed)

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#35. Hood River County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,530 people (411 unemployed)

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#34. Benton County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 51,273 people (1,570 unemployed)

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#33. Morrow County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,225 people (198 unemployed)

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#32. Malheur County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,322 people (447 unemployed)

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#31. Umatilla County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 39,470 people (1,328 unemployed)

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#30. Yamhill County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 56,334 people (1,921 unemployed)

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#29. Washington County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 334,072 people (11,246 unemployed)

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#28. Tillamook County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,432 people (439 unemployed)

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#27. Clackamas County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 226,324 people (7,904 unemployed)

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#26. Clatsop County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 20,332 people (729 unemployed)

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#25. Polk County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 43,667 people (1,586 unemployed)

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#24. Deschutes County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 107,116 people (3,874 unemployed)

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#23. Sherman County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 978 people (36 unemployed)

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#22. Baker County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,149 people (267 unemployed)

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#21. Marion County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 174,094 people (6,426 unemployed)

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#20. Multnomah County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 467,522 people (17,353 unemployed)

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#19. Harney County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,649 people (137 unemployed)

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#18. Wasco County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,893 people (491 unemployed)

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#17. Lane County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 186,465 people (7,213 unemployed)

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#16. Wallowa County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,694 people (146 unemployed)

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#15. Jefferson County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,636 people (421 unemployed)

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#14. Gilliam County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 880 people (36 unemployed)

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#13. Lake County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,536 people (147 unemployed)

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#12. Linn County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 61,407 people (2,552 unemployed)

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#11. Coos County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 26,823 people (1,166 unemployed)

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#10. Jackson County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 107,167 people (4,645 unemployed)

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#9. Lincoln County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,501 people (941 unemployed)

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#8. Columbia County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 25,064 people (1,095 unemployed)

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#7. Klamath County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 30,328 people (1,393 unemployed)

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#6. Douglas County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 47,498 people (2,190 unemployed)

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#5. Curry County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,950 people (421 unemployed)

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#4. Grant County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,211 people (154 unemployed)

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#3. Union County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,246 people (586 unemployed)

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#2. Josephine County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 36,211 people (1,766 unemployed)

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#1. Crook County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,227 people (603 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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