Department of Numbers

Portland-South Portland, Maine Job Growth

There were 211,700 jobs in Portland, Maine in July 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 202,630 employed persons for the month. Portland added 300 jobs in July 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 67 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 211,700 +300 +1,900
CPS 202,630 +67 -781

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 February 2019 at 212,500. Since then 800 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 211,100 in May 2019, Portland has gained 600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 203,420 for Portland in June 2018. 790 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a June 2019 low of 202,563, Portland has added 67 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2019

Portland, Maine Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2019 211,700 300 202,630 67
June 2019 211,400 300 202,563 -63
May 2019 211,100 -200 202,626 -277
April 2019 211,300 -100 202,903 -159
March 2019 211,400 -1,100 203,062 -35
February 2019 212,500 800 203,097 -32
January 2019 211,700 1,100 203,129 -41
December 2018 210,600 300 203,170 2
November 2018 210,300 800 203,168 -30
October 2018 209,500 -800 203,198 -60
September 2018 210,300 300 203,258 -68
August 2018 210,000 200 203,326 -85