Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April 2016 at 3.4 percent. Grant County (7.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 4.5 percent and 16 were at or below the national rate of 5.0 percent. Sherman and Curry counties saw their unemployment rates improve over the year by 2.2 percentage points and 2.0 percentage points, respectively; more than any other counties.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between April 2015 and April 2016. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+4.9%). The Willamette Valley (+3.1%), Portland (+2.7%), Southern Oregon (+2.3%), Eastern Oregon (+1.7%), and the Oregon Coast (+1.4%) also saw growth.