Between August 2012 and August 2013, all six of Oregon's metropolitan areas experienced improvements in their unemployment rates. Bend had the largest jobless rate decline (-1.4 percentage points), while Corvallis had the smallest decline (-0.4 percentage points). Despite improvements, Bend (8.9%) and Medford (9.6%) still stand among the highest unemployment rates for all metro areas. The Bend rate in August ranked 59th highest out of 372 metro areas, while Medford's rate ranked 35th highest.
Only Corvallis and Portland had unemployment rates lower than both the statewide rate of 7.7 percent and national rate of 7.3 percent.