January 2023 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

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In January, unemployment rates increased in 27 of Oregon’s counties over the month, remained constant in seven, and decreased in two. Seventeen counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 4.8%, and one county had a rate at or below the U.S. rate of 3.4%. Grant County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (6.6%) in January. Other counties with relatively high unemployment rates were Klamath (6.5%), Josephine (6.2%), Crook (6.1%), Curry (6.1%), and Lake (6.1%). Wheeler County registered the lowest unemployment rate (3.2%) in January. Other counties with relatively low unemployment rates included Sherman (3.5%), Washington (3.6%), Benton (3.7%), and Hood River (3.7%). Between January 2022 and January 2023, total nonfarm employment rose in all six broad regions across Oregon. Central Oregon experienced the fastest job growth over the year at 2.9%. Employment also grew at a relatively fast pace in the five Portland-metro counties (2.7%), the Willamette Valley (2.7%), and Southern Oregon (2.1%). Growth was slowest along the Coast (1.5%) and in Eastern Oregon (1.3%).



By Oregon Employment Department News


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