Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October at 4.2 percent. Grant County (7.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Eleven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 5.3 percent and six were at or below the national rate of 4.9 percent. Gilliam County saw its unemployment rate improve over the year by 0.6 percentage point, more than any other county.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between October 2015 and October 2016. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+3.8%). The Willamette Valley (+3.2%), Southern Oregon (+3.1%), Portland (+2.0%), the Oregon Coast (+1.9%), and Eastern Oregon (+1.2%) also saw growth.
labor force and unemployment by area press release in 36 counties and metropolitan areas in Oregon.