Unemployment rate in Oregon remains one of the highest in the nation

US Dept of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Oregon Employment Department

Not all of the country is experiencing the same economic hardship as Oregon. Oregon is one of only nine states with an unemployment rate over 10% – one of the “dark gray” states. According to data from the Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s unemployment has been stuck at over 10% for the last two years.

Full size map of the unemployment rates by state (Nov 2010)

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  • Unemployed

    I wonder why this is. Taxes are low in Oregon, there is a business-friendly environment, a great education system that produces engineers and scientists and good, solid workers, a great state legislature and a wonderful governor, and plenty of land. What could possibly be wrong??

    • Joenan

      Collective stupidity would be my first guess. Let`s make methane out of all the enviro weenies and go back to work. Go green. My ass!

  • Founding Fathers

    How about we talk about why Oregon’s unemployment rate more than doubled from April, 2008 to April 2009?

    And rather than silly partisan finger-pointing, why don’t we talk about why it is that Oregon gets hit harder by recessions, and that’s true no matter which party is in power in Salem.

  • Brain Dead Ted

    I know! We should reduce unemployment by hiring thousands of people to work for the state!

    • sybella

      Probably a good idea but, the government is already feeding on itself. Going to be interesting when they consume themselves

  • Bob Clark

    Oregon’s unemployment rate has routinely been above the national average since the mid nineties. So, this isn’t really about the great recession of 08 and 09. I think the reasons for the lag is a shift in governance from one favoring balanced economic growth to one favoring the environment even if it should mean less individual happiness and prosperity. Oregon’s governance has its foot too much on the central planning pedal, and not enough on the pedal fostering free spirits and markets.

    • valley person

      So then how do you explain South Carolina being above the national average unemployment? The most Republican and least unionized state in the nation doesn’t favor economic growth?

    • valley person

      So then how do you explain South Carolina being above the national average unemployment? The most Republican and least unionized state in the nation doesn’t favor economic growth?

    • Valid

      The counties with the highest rate of unemployment are, across the board, the most conservative, with the lowest tax rates in the state. My theory is that conservatives are lazy and don’t want to work, and instead prefer being propped up by the well-educated, highly taxed workers in Multnomah County.

    • Founding Fathers

      Bob,

      Oregon’s unemployment rate has been routinely above the national average for a lot longer than since the mid nineties.

      During the Reagan near-depression Oregon was hit much harder than the rest of the country.

      It may have something to do with the fact that few big companies are headquartered here, and some that were have been bought out.

  • Brain Dead Ted

    Valid is right. All those genius planners who don’t think that farmers should live on their farms should get more pay raises, because they planned for this poverty and recession so well!

    • valley person

      Farmers should live on their farms and enjoy their many subsidies, from property tax breaks to crop and conservation payments, to cheap irrigation water to subsidized electricity (hydro) to wind turbines. After all, they are the real Americans and the rest of us are mere parasites.

  • kingston

    Most of the west is hit by unemployment problems. It is a regional issue,not just a state one.

    • Marvin

      A regional slowdown is part of the story. So is a kind of erratic, now we like you, now we don’t, Oregon attitude toward business. The low employment rate likely has many more contributors than the two mentioned.

    • Marvin

      A regional slowdown is part of the story. So is a kind of erratic, now we like you, now we don’t, Oregon attitude toward business. The low employment rate likely has many more contributors than the two mentioned.

      • nunya

        What are other contributors?

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