Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,080,400 jobs in Portland, Oregon in December 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,121,372 employed persons for the month. Portland added 1,300 jobs in December 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 625 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,080,400 +1,300 +32,200
CPS 1,121,372 +625 +34,288

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 December 2014 is at a new high of 1,080,400.

CPS employment in December 2014 for Portland is at a new high of 1,121,372.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2014

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2014 1,080,400 1,300 1,121,372 625
November 2014 1,079,100 3,800 1,120,747 -402
October 2014 1,075,300 5,000 1,121,149 462
September 2014 1,070,300 -600 1,120,687 2,062
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