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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,216,700 jobs in Portland, Oregon in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,329,915 employed persons for the month. Portland added 2,700 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,326 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,216,700 +2,700 +60,700
CPS 1,329,915 +5,326 +72,950

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 peaked in February 2020 at 1,243,100. Since then 26,400 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,063,300 in April 2020, Portland has gained 153,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in April 2022 for Portland is at a new high of 1,329,915.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 1,216,700 2,700 1,329,915 5,326
March 2022 1,214,000 3,900 1,324,589 8,737
February 2022 1,210,100 4,700 1,315,852 8,539
January 2022 1,205,400 3,500 1,307,313 7,350
December 2021 1,201,900 6,500 1,299,963 -703
November 2021 1,195,400 7,600 1,300,666 1,538
October 2021 1,187,800 5,000 1,299,128 7,397
September 2021 1,182,800 2,200 1,291,731 9,194
August 2021 1,180,600 2,700 1,282,537 8,719
July 2021 1,177,900 14,600 1,273,818 7,081
June 2021 1,163,300 4,000 1,266,737 4,978
May 2021 1,159,300 3,300 1,261,759 4,794