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April 2013 Local Unemployment Rates
Employment and Unemployment in Oregon's Counties

Benton County continued to have Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (5.8%) in April. Crook County (12.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fifteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.0 percent. Lake County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year, with a drop of 2.1 percentage points to 11.3 percent in April.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in five of Oregon’s six broad regions between April 2012 and April 2013. The largest job gains were reported in Central Oregon (+2.8%). Smaller employment gains occurred over the year in Portland (+1.3%), the Willamette Valley (+0.9%), along the Oregon Coast (+0.5%), and in Southern Oregon (+0.3%).

For additional information on your local area, please visit QualityInfo.org and select an area on the Regional Information map.  Here you can find the complete run-down of unemployment rates by county.

Quarterly Benchmarked Employment Estimates

The Oregon Employment Department is publishing a new data series with the release of May nonfarm payroll employment estimates. This improved series, the Oregon Employment Estimates, is revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer tax records. All department publications, such as news releases, monthly Oregon Labor Trends and local labor trends, will use the new data series unless noted otherwise.

The department will continue to make the original nonfarm payroll employment data series available. This data is produced by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and is revised annually.

Analysts at the Oregon Employment Department will use employer tax records as soon as they become available each quarter to adjust the Oregon Employment Estimates. This revision resets the monthly estimates to the correct level and should reduce the drift that can occur with estimates that are revised annually.

Both the Oregon Employment Estimates and the BLS estimates are available on the department’s web site, QualityInfo.org.

Next News Releases

The Oregon Employment Department will release the statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for May on Tuesday, June 18th, and the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, June 24th.