Oregon’s unemployment rate rose slightly in March while across the U.S. is stayed stuck at 6.7% Oregon’s rate rose from 6.8 to 6.9%. A year ago Oregon’s jobless rate was at 8%. Lincoln County’s rate in March rose to 7%, up from 6.8% in February.
Around the state, the Portland metro stayed flat at 6.4% despite adding over 20,000 jobs recently. Experts blame part of the stagnation in the jobless RATE due to more discouraged job hunters that had earlier given up re-entering the market. In the Salem area, same thing, 7.1% for both months. Eugene, up slightly to 7.0%. Benton county up .2% to 5.5%. Medford was flat at 8.6% in March. Bend was up slightly to 8.5%.
Nationally, Oregon sat at 6.9% unemployment compared to the national average of 6.7%, a .1% difference this year compared to 8% last year, .5% higher than at this time last year.
Again, Lincoln County in March sat at 7.5%, Tillamook at 6.5%, Benton 5.5%, Clatsop at 6.2%, Yamhill 6.9%, Coos County at 9.1%.