Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between April 2014 and April 2015. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (3.5%) and the Willamette Valley (+2.8%). Portland (+2.7%), Southern Oregon (+2.6%), Eastern Oregon (1.3%), and the Oregon Coast (0.9%) also saw growth.
Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April at 4.1 percent. Grant County (9.1%) registered the highest rate for the month. Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 5.2 percent and 11 were at or below April’s national rate of 5.4 percent. Harney County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 4.3 percentage points.
For more on Oregon's local unemployment rates, read: April 2015 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties.