Tuesday, September 22, 2020

August 2020 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Wildfires Impact
Devastating wildfires have ravaged workplaces, homes, communities, and more than 1 million acres of land across Oregon in recent weeks. This release covers the Oregon employment situation in August. It does not capture the personal and economic disruption caused by these disasters.

Press Release
In August 2020, all 36 of Oregon’s counties experienced over-the-month decreases in their unemployment rates. In 26 counties, unemployment rates dropped by 2 percentage points or more. Lincoln County experienced the largest over-the-month decrease at 4.9 percentage points. Counties with the smallest percentage point changes in their unemployment rates since July 2020 include Wheeler (-0.5pp), Morrow (-0.8pp), and Malheur (-1.0pp).

Lincoln County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August at 10.6 percent. Other counties with some of the highest unemployment rates include Multnomah (9.7%), and Jefferson (9.1%).

Wheeler County registered the lowest unemployment rate for the month at 4.4 percent. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in August were Morrow (5.2%) and Benton (5.7%). Twenty-eight counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 8.4 percent. Twenty-four counties also had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 7.7 percent.

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined sharply in all six of Oregon’s broad regions between August 2019 and August 2020. The largest job losses occurred in the Coast region (-10.2%). Portland-5 (-9.0%), Central Oregon (-8.8%), and the Willamette Valley (-6.5%) also experienced large over-theyear employment losses.

Read the original press release here.

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