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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.1% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Oregon 6.8% -0.2 -1.3
Portland 6.4% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 June 2009 at 131,992. There are now 57,609 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 74,383 -829 -18,811

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.9%
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 6.4% 74,383
January
2014
6.6% 7.0% 6.4% 75,212
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 6.6% 76,829
November
2013
7.0% 7.3% 6.8% 78,900
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 7.0% 81,671
September
2013
7.2% 7.6% 7.1% 83,739
August
2013
7.2% 7.7% 7.3% 86,110
July
2013
7.3% 7.8% 7.4% 86,694
June
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.3% 86,088
May
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.4% 86,246
April
2013
7.5% 7.9% 7.5% 87,910
March
2013
7.5% 8.0% 7.8% 91,115

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.