Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 199,400 jobs in Portland, Maine in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 194,401 employed persons for the month. Portland added 1,100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,273 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 199,400 +1,100 -14,400
CPS 194,401 +2,273 -9,911

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Portland, Maine Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Portland as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Portland, Maine

CES employment for Portland peaked in January 2020 at 214,500. Since then 15,100 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 178,300 in April 2020, Portland has gained 21,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 204,337 for Portland in December 2019. 9,936 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 173,760, Portland has added 20,641 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 199,400 1,100 194,401 2,273
October 2020 198,300 1,800 192,128 8
September 2020 196,500 2,800 192,120 2,068
August 2020 193,700 2,400 190,052 2,237
July 2020 191,300 5,800 187,815 5,058
June 2020 185,500 5,900 182,757 7,150
May 2020 179,600 1,300 175,607 1,847
April 2020 178,300 -33,200 173,760 -30,452
March 2020 211,500 -3,000 204,212 155
February 2020 214,500 0 204,057 -30
January 2020 214,500 1,400 204,087 -250
December 2019 213,100 -700 204,337 25