Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Portland & Bend rank #1 & #2 for unemployment increase

From the Oregonian:

Unemployment jumped more during a year's period in greater Portland-Vancouver than in any of the nation's large metropolitan areas.
The jobless rate jumped 6.9 percentage points from April 2008 to April 2009 -- to 11.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted -- in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

For the second consecutive month, Bend's one-year unemployment-rate increase was the nation's second highest among all metro areas, behind only Elkhart-Goshen, Ind. The Bend metro area's April-to-April increase was 9 percentage points, reaching a jobless rate of 15.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Elkhart-Goshen jumped 12.7 percentage points, to 17.8 percent in April.