Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 204,900 jobs in Portland, Maine in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 196,438 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 1,000 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 344 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 204,900 -1,000 +5,600
CPS 196,438 -344 +3,586

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 214,800. Since then 9,900 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 180,000 in April 2020, Portland has gained 24,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 206,548 for Portland in December 2019. 10,110 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 178,555, Portland has added 17,883 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 204,900 -1,000 196,438 -344
October 2021 205,900 800 196,782 -251
September 2021 205,100 -300 197,033 15
August 2021 205,400 500 197,018 125
July 2021 204,900 900 196,893 4,141
June 2021 204,000 1,300 192,752 -20
May 2021 202,700 -200 192,772 139
April 2021 202,900 800 192,633 77
March 2021 202,100 1,500 192,556 -102
February 2021 200,600 600 192,658 -419
January 2021 200,000 1,000 193,077 -481
December 2020 199,000 -300 193,558 706