Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ranks 17th out of Oregon’s 36 counties. Unemployment in the state’s seven coastal counties ranges from a low of 6.6 percent in Clatsop County to a high of 10.4 percent in Curry County. Four coastal counties have a lower rate than Lincoln County.
Harney and Grant counties unemployment rate of 12.6 and 12.3 percent, respectively, are the highest in the state. Benton County claims the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.7 percent.
For a historical perspective, Lincoln County posted an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent in January 2008. As the Great Recession took hold, the county’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in October 2008. It hit 10 percent in early 2009 and remained at that level or slightly above until begin a slow decline in late 2011.