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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,136,300 jobs in Portland, Oregon in May 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,210,608 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 1,800 jobs in May 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,309 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,136,300 -1,800 +30,400
CPS 1,210,608 -2,309 +60,119

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 April 2016 at 1,138,100. Since then 1,800 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,213,003 for Portland in March 2016. 2,395 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2016

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2016 1,136,300 -1,800 1,210,608 -2,309
April 2016 1,138,100 600 1,212,917 -86
March 2016 1,137,500 1,600 1,213,003 6,530
February 2016 1,135,900 5,800 1,206,473 12,098
January 2016 1,130,100 1,100 1,194,375 13,957
December 2015 1,129,000 4,500 1,180,418 4,383
November 2015 1,124,500 2,600 1,176,035 4,994
October 2015 1,121,900 3,700 1,171,041 4,587
September 2015 1,118,200 600 1,166,454 3,043
August 2015 1,117,600 3,000 1,163,411 3,859
July 2015 1,114,600 5,500 1,159,552 5,428
June 2015 1,109,100 3,200 1,154,124 3,635