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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,209,000 jobs in Portland, Oregon in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,274,245 employed persons for the month. Portland added 3,200 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,086 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,209,000 +3,200 +29,300
CPS 1,274,245 +4,086 +4,388

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Portland, Oregon 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, Oregon

CES employment for Portland in October 2018 is at a new high of 1,209,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,274,529 for Portland in February 2018. 284 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2018 low of 1,265,059, Portland has added 9,186 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 1,209,000 3,200 1,274,245 4,086
September 2018 1,205,800 3,500 1,270,159 4,570
August 2018 1,202,300 1,100 1,265,589 -6,931
July 2018 1,201,200 1,900 1,272,520 4,316
June 2018 1,199,300 3,200 1,268,204 1,520
May 2018 1,196,100 1,000 1,266,684 1,625
April 2018 1,195,100 4,600 1,265,059 -7,709
March 2018 1,190,500 2,800 1,272,768 -1,761
February 2018 1,187,700 800 1,274,529 1,265
January 2018 1,186,900 2,400 1,273,264 547
December 2017 1,184,500 4,700 1,272,717 2,464
November 2017 1,179,800 100 1,270,253 396