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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Oregon 4.0% -0.3 -0.9
Portland 3.5% -0.4 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 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 May 2009 at 134,226. There are now 89,591 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 44,635 -5,493 -9,406

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 44,635
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 3.9% 50,128
December
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.3% 54,916
November
2016
4.6% 4.6% 4.6% 59,143
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 5.0% 64,511
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 66,878
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.4% 68,933
July
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.3% 68,351
June
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.0% 63,169
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.4% 56,390
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.4% 55,282

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.