These Are The 10 Cities In Oregon With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Oregon with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Oregon for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Beaver State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Newport(Jobs)
  2. Sherwood(Jobs)
  3. West Linn(Jobs)
  4. The Dalles(Jobs)
  5. Hillsboro(Jobs)
  6. Wilsonville(Jobs)
  7. La Grande(Jobs)
  8. Happy Valley(Jobs)
  9. Central Point(Jobs)
  10. Tualatin(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Newport takes the cake as the place in Oregon with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Oregon that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Oregon job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Oregon With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Oregon’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 46 places in Oregon.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 46 with one being the “most employed city in Oregon”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Newport

Newport, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,045
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Newport comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 5.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Sherwood doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. West Linn

West Linn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,710
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is West Linn, earning the bronze medal with a score of 6.6 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,068
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is The Dalles. With a population of 15068 residents, The Dalles is a solid place to move in Oregon if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,765
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Hillsboro. Numbering around 95765 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 7.1%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,335
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
The city of Wilsonville is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,090
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of La Grande. With a unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Coming in at #8, Happy Valley has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Oregon’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Central Point

Central Point, Oregon

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,443
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Central Point, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Tualatin

Tualatin, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,604
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Tualatin, Oregon. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 46.

Tualatin’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Oregon

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Oregon with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Redmond
  2. Klamath Falls
  3. Roseburg

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Oregon

City Rank Unemployment
Newport 1 5.8%
Sherwood 2 6.1%
West Linn 3 6.6%
The Dalles 4 7.1%
Hillsboro 5 7.1%
Wilsonville 6 7.1%
La Grande 7 7.3%
Happy Valley 8 7.3%
Central Point 9 7.3%
Tualatin 10 7.5%
Bend 11 7.6%
Tigard 12 7.8%
Lake Oswego 13 7.8%
Newberg 14 8.0%
Oregon City 15 8.1%
Pendleton 16 8.4%
Portland 17 8.4%
Hermiston 18 8.5%
Corvallis 19 8.6%
Beaverton 20 8.7%
Milwaukie 21 8.8%
Ashland 22 8.9%
Gladstone 23 9.0%
Keizer 24 9.0%
Canby 25 9.2%
Eugene 26 9.4%
Damascus 27 9.6%
Forest Grove 28 9.8%
Springfield 29 10.6%
Grants Pass 30 10.6%
Salem 31 10.6%
Gresham 32 10.6%
Lebanon 33 10.8%
Coos Bay 34 11.2%
Medford 35 11.2%
Mcminnville 36 11.6%
St. Helens 37 11.7%
Ontario 38 11.7%
Albany 39 11.8%
Woodburn 40 11.8%
Troutdale 41 11.9%
Dallas 42 12.5%
Cornelius 43 13.1%
Roseburg 44 13.4%
Klamath Falls 45 15.8%
Redmond 46 16.5%
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