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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Oregon 4.3% +0.1 -0.4
Portland 4.2% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Portland, Oregon, National

Portland, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Portland, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 134,226. There are now 78,313 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 44,433 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,480. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 55,913 -611 -4,511

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 55,913
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.3% 56,524
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 4.1% 54,302
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.9% 52,240
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.7% 48,674
May
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.5% 46,079
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.5% 45,320
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.5% 44,485
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 44,433
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 3.9% 50,491
December
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.3% 55,267

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.