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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,153,600 jobs in Portland, Oregon in January 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,232,479 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 3,400 jobs in January 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,794 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,153,600 -3,400 +23,400
CPS 1,232,479 +2,794 +38,104

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 December 2016 at 1,157,000. Since then 3,400 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in January 2017 for Portland is at a new high of 1,232,479.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2017

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2017 1,153,600 -3,400 1,232,479 2,794
December 2016 1,157,000 2,200 1,229,685 1,938
November 2016 1,154,800 2,400 1,227,747 -2,701
October 2016 1,152,400 0 1,230,448 4,624
September 2016 1,152,400 3,500 1,225,824 6,701
August 2016 1,148,900 2,800 1,219,123 4,959
July 2016 1,146,100 2,300 1,214,164 2,851
June 2016 1,143,800 1,800 1,211,313 -364
May 2016 1,142,000 2,000 1,211,677 -1,240
April 2016 1,140,000 2,900 1,212,917 -86
March 2016 1,137,100 2,000 1,213,003 6,530
February 2016 1,135,100 4,900 1,206,473 12,098