Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 176,500 jobs in Portland, Maine in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 172,592 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 35,000 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 31,620 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 176,500 -35,000 -35,900
CPS 172,592 -31,620 -30,650

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 38,000 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 204,337 for Portland in December 2019. 31,745 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 176,500 -35,000 172,592 -31,620
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
November 2019 213,800 -200 204,312 85
October 2019 214,000 100 204,227 141
September 2019 213,900 400 204,086 193
August 2019 213,500 100 203,893 211
July 2019 213,400 900 203,682 184
June 2019 212,500 100 203,498 145
May 2019 212,400 0 203,353 111