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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,069,500 jobs in Portland, Oregon in September 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,120,563 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 1,400 jobs in September 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,938 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,069,500 -1,400 +25,700
CPS 1,120,563 +1,938 +33,923

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

Portland, Oregon 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, Oregon

CES employment for Portland peaked in August 2014 at 1,070,900. Since then 1,400 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in September 2014 for Portland is at a new high of 1,120,563.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2014

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2014 1,069,500 -1,400 1,120,563 1,938
August 2014 1,070,900 4,900 1,118,625 5,943
July 2014 1,066,000 1,100 1,112,682 4,987
June 2014 1,064,900 1,900 1,107,695 5,158
May 2014 1,063,000 1,300 1,102,537 2,926
April 2014 1,061,700 4,700 1,099,611 1,888
March 2014 1,057,000 6,400 1,097,723 3,074
February 2014 1,050,600 700 1,094,649 3,263
January 2014 1,049,900 1,700 1,091,386 4,302
December 2013 1,048,200 2,900 1,087,084 131
November 2013 1,045,300 1,600 1,086,953 153
October 2013 1,043,700 -100 1,086,800 160
September 2013 1,043,800 1,300 1,086,640 294