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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in January 2010 at 7.0% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Maine 3.3% -0.2 -0.5
Portland 2.4% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Portland, Maine, National

Portland, Maine monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Portland, Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Portland peaked in February 2010 at 13,722. There are now 8,716 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,845 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 161. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 5,006 -421 -1,228

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.4% 5,006
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 2.6% 5,427
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 2.7% 5,631
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 2.8% 5,817
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 2.8% 5,783
June
2017
4.3% 3.5% 2.9% 5,996
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.7% 5,548
April
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.5% 5,147
March
2017
4.5% 3.0% 2.3% 4,845
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.4% 5,025
January
2017
4.8% 3.5% 2.7% 5,456

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.