03/06 employment and business filing indicators

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

All "latest" numbers are for March 2006 unless otherwise noted. Latest Month Previous Month Previous Year Annual Change
Employment/business filings
Total employment State of Oregon, thousands 1,753.3 1,747.5 1,713.5 2.3%

Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands 113.9 122.2 127.4 -10.6%

Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted 5.5% 5.6% 6.2% -0.7%

Portland/Van. MSA; Employed Six counties, thousands 1,048.7 1,050.6 1,020.7 2.7%

Portland/Van. MSA; Unemployment rate 5.6% 6.0% 6.5% -0.9%

Bend MSA; Employed Deschutes County, thousands 70.7 70.1 67.9 4.1%

Bend MSA; Unemployment rate 5.4% 6.1% 6.4% -1.0%

Corvallis MSA; Employed Benton County, thousands 40.2 39.6 40.1 0.3%

Corvallis MSA; Unemployment rate 5.4% 5.9% 5.1% 0.3%

Eugene/Springfield MSA; Employed Lane County, thousands 165.0 164.0 162.4 1.6%

Eugene/Springfield MSA; Unemployment rate 6.2% 6.6% 6.8% -0.6%

Medford/Ashland MSA; Employed Jackson County, thousands 93.7 93.4 91.6 2.3%

Medford/Ashland MSA; Unemployment rate 6.5% 6.9% 7.0% -0.5%

Salem MSA; Employed Marion and Polk counties, thousands 171.1 169.2 169.0 1.2%

Salem MSA; Unemployment rate 6.3% 6.8% 7.1% -0.8%

The Coast; Employed Five counties, thousands 86.5 86.2 84.8 1.9%

The Coast; Unemployment rate 6.7% 7.1% 7.4% -0.7%

Central Oregon; Employed Eight counties, thousands 112.5 111.4 108.4 3.8%

Central Oregon; Unemployment rate 6.0% 6.8% 7.0% -1.0%

Eastern Oregon; Employed Nine counties, thousands 79.3 78.3 79.0 0.4%

Eastern Oregon; Unemployment rate 8.5% 9.5% 9.6% -1.1%

Help wanted ad count The Oregonian, Portland (April) 23,828 21,916 23,233 2.6%

Help wanted ad count The Register-Guard, Eugene (April) 8,641 8,140 7,969 8.4%

Help wanted ad count The Bulletin, Bend (April) 11,420 10,267 NA NA

New business corporations New filings 1,230 1,112 1,370 -10.2%

Limited liability companies New filings 2,187 2,051 2,094 4.4%

Business bankruptcies New filings 19 14 70 -72.9%

Non-business bankruptcies New filings 605 334 2,438 -75.2%

NA = Data not available. MSA = Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sources: Employment data, Oregon Employment Department; business incorporations, Oregon Secretary of State; bankruptcies, U.S. Bankruptcy Court


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