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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.2%. 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 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Oregon 4.5% -0.3 -1.2
Portland 4.2% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 81,136 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 53,090 -951 -9,444

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.2% 53,090
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.3% 54,041
January
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.5% 56,022
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.1% 62,879
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.1% 63,709
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 64,633
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.3% 65,283
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.4% 65,802
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.4% 66,383
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.5% 66,531
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.4% 65,676
April
2015
5.4% 5.7% 5.3% 63,874

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.