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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2014 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in June 2009 at 11.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
Oregon 6.8% 0.0 -1.0
Portland 6.1% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2014 data as July 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 59,561 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 72,401 -1,845 -12,692

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
July
2014
6.2% 6.9%
June
2014
6.1% 6.8% 6.1% 72,401
May
2014
6.3% 6.8% 6.3% 74,246
April
2014
6.3% 6.8% 6.3% 74,293
March
2014
6.7% 6.9% 6.4% 75,495
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 6.5% 75,568
January
2014
6.6% 7.0% 6.6% 77,215
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 6.8% 79,047
November
2013
7.0% 7.3% 6.8% 79,908
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 6.9% 80,942
September
2013
7.2% 7.6% 7.0% 82,096
August
2013
7.2% 7.7% 7.1% 83,252
July
2013
7.3% 7.8% 7.2% 84,252

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.