Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 201,100 jobs in Portland, Maine in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 197,705 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 200 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 730 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 201,100 -200 +3,000
CPS 197,705 +730 +7,581

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Portland, Maine Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Portland as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Portland, Maine

CES employment for Portland peaked in September 2016 at 201,500. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 201,000 in October 2016, Portland has gained 100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in December 2016 for Portland is at a new high of 197,705.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 201,100 -200 197,705 730
November 2016 201,300 300 196,975 889
October 2016 201,000 -500 196,086 343
September 2016 201,500 900 195,743 320
August 2016 200,600 300 195,423 1,549
July 2016 200,300 1,800 193,874 2,126
June 2016 198,500 -100 191,748 555
May 2016 198,600 -1,000 191,193 738
April 2016 199,600 100 190,455 -115
March 2016 199,500 -800 190,570 -428
February 2016 200,300 1,500 190,998 152
January 2016 198,800 700 190,846 722