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Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 211,300 jobs in Portland, Maine in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 198,624 employed persons for the month. Portland added 100 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 225 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 211,300 +100 +4,400
CPS 198,624 +225 +1,884

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 214,400. Since then 3,100 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 180,000 in April 2020, Portland has gained 31,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 207,553 for Portland in November 2019. 8,929 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 179,454, Portland has added 19,170 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 211,300 100 198,624 225
March 2022 211,200 1,600 198,399 431
February 2022 209,600 1,500 197,968 450
January 2022 208,100 500 197,518 -46
December 2021 207,600 500 197,564 -36
November 2021 207,100 -600 197,600 -15
October 2021 207,700 500 197,615 112
September 2021 207,200 -1,200 197,503 191
August 2021 208,400 -100 197,312 169
July 2021 208,500 700 197,143 154
June 2021 207,800 100 196,989 126
May 2021 207,700 800 196,863 123