Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Oregon

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Oregon

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Oregon using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#36. Wheeler County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 730 (20 unemployed)
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#35. Sherman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 990 (28 unemployed)
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#34. Wasco County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 18,185 (516 unemployed)
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#33. Hood River County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 16,077 (468 unemployed)
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#32. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 341,192 (11,068 unemployed)
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#31. Clackamas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 231,716 (8,166 unemployed)
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#30. Benton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 47,314 (1,691 unemployed)
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#29. Yamhill County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 57,843 (2,107 unemployed)
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#28. Wallowa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,866 (144 unemployed)
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#27. Deschutes County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 105,237 (3,961 unemployed)
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#26. Gilliam County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 906 (34 unemployed)
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#25. Multnomah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 478,116 (18,297 unemployed)
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#24. Harney County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,832 (151 unemployed)
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#23. Morrow County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 6,146 (237 unemployed)
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#22. Baker County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 7,636 (302 unemployed)
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#21. Clatsop County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 20,429 (823 unemployed)
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#20. Polk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 42,664 (1,720 unemployed)
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#19. Tillamook County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 12,932 (515 unemployed)
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#18. Union County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 12,382 (500 unemployed)
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#17. Marion County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 170,655 (6,987 unemployed)
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#16. Umatilla County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 38,460 (1,580 unemployed)
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#15. Malheur County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 12,747 (536 unemployed)
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#14. Lane County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 184,642 (8,155 unemployed)
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#13. Columbia County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 25,562 (1,144 unemployed)
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#12. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 107,361 (4,841 unemployed)
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#11. Linn County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 61,038 (2,743 unemployed)
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#10. Grant County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 3,236 (149 unemployed)
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#9. Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 3,843 (180 unemployed)
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#8. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 47,988 (2,400 unemployed)
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#7. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 10,719 (536 unemployed)
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#6. Crook County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 11,610 (591 unemployed)
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#5. Curry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 9,379 (480 unemployed)
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#4. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 21,895 (1,129 unemployed)
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#3. Coos County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 26,546 (1,419 unemployed)
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#2. Josephine County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 37,268 (1,998 unemployed)
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#1. Klamath County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 30,236 (1,718 unemployed)

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