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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.9%. 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Oregon 5.4% -0.3 -1.3
Portland 4.9% -0.2 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 73,237 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 58,322 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,667. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 60,989 -1,424 -13,926

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.4% 4.9% 60,989
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.1% 62,413
October
2015
5.0% 6.0% 5.3% 65,545
September
2015
5.1% 6.2% 5.6% 67,811
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 5.5% 66,952
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.7% 69,355
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 5.4% 65,091
May
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.2% 62,429
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 4.9% 58,322
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 4.9% 58,875
February
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.2% 62,957

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.