July '08 employment and business indicators

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
All "latest" numbers are for July 2008 unless otherwise noted. Latest Month Previous Month Previous Year Annual Change
EMPLOYMENT/BUSINESS LISTINGS
Total employment State of Oregon, thousands 1,856.1 1,848.8 1,842.5 0.7%
Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands 114.0 106.1 100.6 13.3%
Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted 6.0% 5.5% 5.3% 70.0%
Portland/Van. MSA; Employed Six counties, thousands 1,100.7 1,094.4 1,091.2 0.9%
Portland/Van. MSA; Unemployment rate 5.6% 5.3% 5.0% 60.0%
Bend MSA; Employed Deschutes County, thousands 82.0 80.7 80.4 2.0%
Bend MSA; Unemployment rate 6.2% 6.1% 4.5% 170.0%
Corvallis MSA; Employed Benton County, thousands 40.0 41.3 39.5 1.3%
Corvallis MSA; Unemployment rate 4.4% 3.8% 4.6% -20.0%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Employed Lane County, thousands 170.6 172.8 169.2 0.9%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Unemployment rate 6.2% 5.4% 5.3% 90.0%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Employed Jackson County, thousands 95.0 96.6 94.6 0.4%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Unemployment rate 7.0% 6.7% 5.9% 110.0%
Salem MSA; Employed Marion and Polk counties, thousands 187.1 184.3 185.9 0.6%
Salem MSA; Unemployment rate 5.8% 5.4% 5.3% 50.0%
The Coast; Employed Five counties, thousands 89.3 88.5 0.0 0.2%
The Coast; Unemployment rate 5.8% 5.4% 5.5% 30.0%
Central Oregon; Employed Eight counties, thousands 133.7 129.4 133.0 0.6%
Central Oregon; Unemployment rate 6.0% 6.0% 4.6% 140.0%
Eastern Oregon; Employed Nine counties, thousands 85.1 85.8 85.6 -0.6%
Eastern Oregon; Unemployment rate 6.4% 5.6% 5.3% 110.0%
Help wanted ad count The Oregonian, Portland (August) 5,532 5,450 14,069 -60.7%
Help wanted ad count The Bulletin, Bend (August) 2,987 2,923 8,632 -65.4%
Oregon online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (August) 65 61 84 -22.9%
Portland online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (August) 39 37 60 -34.6%
New business corporations New filings (August) 830 923 1,040 -20.2%
Limited liability companies New filings (August) 1,796 1,952 2,204 -18.5%
Business bankruptcies New filings (August) 36 23 19 89.5%
Non-business bankruptcies New filings (August) 1,011 1,191 778 29.9%

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