Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 200,600 jobs in Portland, Maine in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 194,499 employed persons for the month. Portland added 600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 79 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 200,600 +600 -13,500
CPS 194,499 -79 -9,558

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 14,200 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 180,000 in April 2020, Portland has gained 20,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 204,337 for Portland in December 2019. 9,838 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 173,760, Portland has added 20,739 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 200,600 600 194,499 -79
January 2021 200,000 1,000 194,578 2,262
December 2020 199,000 -300 192,316 16
November 2020 199,300 400 192,300 172
October 2020 198,900 400 192,128 8
September 2020 198,500 3,400 192,120 2,068
August 2020 195,100 4,600 190,052 2,237
July 2020 190,500 5,100 187,815 5,058
June 2020 185,400 2,700 182,757 7,150
May 2020 182,700 2,700 175,607 1,847
April 2020 180,000 -33,100 173,760 -30,452
March 2020 213,100 -1,000 204,212 155