September ’08 employment and business indicators


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All “latest” numbers are for September 2008 unless otherwise noted.Latest MonthPrevious MonthPrevious YearAnnual Change
Total employment State of Oregon, thousands1,848.41,851.71,844.80.2%
Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands115.1122.092.125.0%
Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted6.4%6.5%5.3%110.0%
Portland/Van. MSA; Employed Six counties, thousands1,101.01,100.21,094.80.6%
Portland/Van. MSA; Unemployment rate5.6%6.1%4.6%100.0%
Bend MSA; Employed Deschutes County, thousands80.881.979.91.1%
Bend MSA; Unemployment rate6.8%6.8%4.5%230.0%
Corvallis MSA; Employed Benton County, thousands40.340.340.10.6%
Corvallis MSA; Unemployment rate4.2%4.7%3.9%30.0%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Employed Lane County, thousands169.4170.1169.40.0%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Unemployment rate6.7%6.6%4.9%180.0%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Employed Jackson County, thousands98.596.298.9-0.4%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Unemployment rate6.7%7.6%5.0%170.0%
Salem MSA; Employed Marion and Polk counties, thousands186.2187.7185.90.2%
Salem MSA; Unemployment rate5.5%6.0%4.7%80.0%
The Coast; Employed Five counties, thousands89.089.60.0-0.8%
The Coast; Unemployment rate5.8%6.2%5.0%80.0%
Central Oregon; Employed Eight counties, thousands127.2128.9126.70.4%
Central Oregon; Unemployment rate6.6%6.9%4.5%210.0%
Eastern Oregon; Employed Nine counties, thousands85.785.786.1-0.5%
Eastern Oregon; Unemployment rate5.9%6.2%4.6%130.0%
Help wanted ad count The Oregonian, Portland (October)3,6074,51810,737-66.4%
Help wanted ad count The Bulletin, Bend (October)1,5792,1725,361-70.5%
Oregon online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (October)545576-29.4%
Portland online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (October)363760-39.4%
New business corporations New filings (October)8557661,020-16.2%
Limited liability companies New filings (October)1,9341,8662,360-18.1%
Business bankruptcies New filings (October)464822109.1%
Non-business bankruptcies New filings (October)1,2811,11682455.5%


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