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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2017 to 3.5%. 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 May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Oregon 3.8% -0.2 -1.1
Portland 3.5% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April 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 89,522 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 44,433 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 271. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 44,704 +271 -12,770

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 3.7%
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.5% 44,704
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 44,433
January
2017
4.8% 4.3% 3.9% 50,491
December
2016
4.7% 4.5% 4.3% 55,267
November
2016
4.6% 4.6% 4.5% 57,716
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 4.7% 60,424
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 62,388
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.9% 63,390
July
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.0% 63,825
June
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 63,107
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.8% 61,141

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.