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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,154,000 jobs in Portland, Oregon in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,226,289 employed persons for the month. Portland added 2,500 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 4,159 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,154,000 +2,500 +29,500
CPS 1,226,289 -4,159 +50,254

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 November 2016 is at a new high of 1,154,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,230,448 for Portland in October 2016. 4,159 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 1,154,000 2,500 1,226,289 -4,159
October 2016 1,151,500 -600 1,230,448 4,624
September 2016 1,152,100 6,400 1,225,824 6,701
August 2016 1,145,700 4,500 1,219,123 4,959
July 2016 1,141,200 2,800 1,214,164 2,851
June 2016 1,138,400 -200 1,211,313 -364
May 2016 1,138,600 500 1,211,677 -1,240
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