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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,062,700 jobs in Portland, Oregon in May 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,102,536 employed persons for the month. Portland added 1,000 jobs in May 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,925 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,062,700 +1,000 +28,900
CPS 1,102,536 +2,925 +19,728

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 in May 2014 is at a new high of 1,062,700.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,104,175 for Portland in July 2008. 1,639 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a November 2009 low of 1,041,540, Portland has added 60,996 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2014

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2014 1,062,700 1,000 1,102,536 2,925
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
August 2013 1,042,500 4,400 1,086,346 638
July 2013 1,038,100 1,799 1,085,708 1,160
June 2013 1,036,300 2,500 1,084,548 1,740
May 2013 1,033,800 2,200 1,082,808 2,013