Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.4%. 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 June 2009 at 11.2% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Oregon 6.7% -0.1 -0.6
Portland 6.4% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 June 2009 at 131,962. There are now 55,492 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 72,537 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,933. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 76,470 -1,433 -2,577

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.7% 6.4% 76,470
November
2014
5.8% 6.8% 6.5% 77,903
October
2014
5.7% 6.8% 6.4% 76,146
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 6.2% 74,508
August
2014
6.1% 6.9% 6.2% 74,398
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 6.1% 72,697
June
2014
6.1% 7.0% 6.1% 72,537
May
2014
6.3% 7.0% 6.3% 74,246
April
2014
6.2% 7.0% 6.3% 74,293
March
2014
6.6% 7.1% 6.4% 75,495

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.