Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 204,600 jobs in Portland, Maine in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 196,484 employed persons for the month. Portland added 600 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,732 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 204,600 +600 +14,100
CPS 196,484 +3,732 +10,724

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 10,200 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 180,000 in April 2020, Portland has gained 24,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 206,548 for Portland in December 2019. 10,064 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 178,555, Portland has added 17,929 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 204,600 600 196,484 3,732
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
November 2020 199,300 400 192,852 750
October 2020 198,900 400 192,102 618
September 2020 198,500 3,400 191,484 1,056
August 2020 195,100 4,600 190,428 4,668