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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Oregon 5.3% -0.2 -0.3
Portland 5.0% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 69,883 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 11,099. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 64,343 -2,535 -290

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.3% 5.0% 64,343
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 66,878
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.4% 68,933
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.3% 68,351
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

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.