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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.3 percentage points in July 2016 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 5.2% +0.4 -0.6
Portland 5.3% +0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 data as August 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 65,922 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 53,244 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,060. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 68,304 +5,135 +1,921

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 5.4%
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.3% 68,304
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.0% 63,169
May
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 56,390
April
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.4% 55,282
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.2% 53,244
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.3% 54,041
January
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.5% 56,022
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.1% 62,879
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.1% 63,709
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 64,633
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.3% 65,283

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.