Salem – On October 4, 2013, the Oregon Employment Department announced that the release of September employment and unemployment data (including unemployment rates) for Oregon and its metropolitan areas and counties would be indefinitely delayed, due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Those news releases, and the development of preliminary September unemployment and employment data, have now been cancelled.
Statewide employment and unemployment data for October (preliminary), September, and August (revised) will be released at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 19th.
The same data for Oregon’s metropolitan areas and counties will be released at 11:00 am on Monday, November 25th.
In both cases, these November news releases will take place approximately one week later than previously planned. We expect to return to our previously published news release schedule in December. All news release dates for the remainder of 2013 and early 2014 are contained in a separate news advisory.
The Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division works closely with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to produce the monthly employment and unemployment information. Due to the recent federal government shutdown, BLS data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities were suspended from October 1 to October 16. As a result, BLS, in consultation with the states, decided to cancel production of preliminary September employment and unemployment data. Therefore, the data production and news release schedule described above is similar to the one that will be used by the BLS and by other states.
Oregon’s most recent employment and unemployment data, through August 2013, are available at www.QualityInfo.org.