For Release: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Unemployment in the Portland Area by County, June 2020
All Seven Counties had Higher Unemployment Rates than in the Previous Year
In June, Washington and Yamhill Counties had the lowest unemployment rates in the Portland-Vancouver-
Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area at 9.9 percent each, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Richard Holden, the Bureau’s Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations, noted that
Multnomah County had the highest unemployment rate, 13.4 percent. Five of the seven local-area counties
had jobless rates below the national average of 11.2 percent. (See chart 1. The Technical Note at the end of this
release contains the metropolitan area definition. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)
In June 2020, all seven counties in the Portland area had over-the-year unemployment rate increases, with the
largest increase in Multnomah County (+9.8 percentage points). Among the other six counties, jobless rate
increases ranged from 7.0 percentage points in Clackamas County to 4.9 points in Skamania County.
Nationally, the unemployment rate rose 7.4 percentage points from June a year ago. (See table A).
(1) Data for the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area and its components are preliminary for the most recent month.
Table A. Unemployment rates for the United States, the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan
Statistical Area, and its components, not seasonally adjusted
to June 2020(1)
to June 2020(1)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA M