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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,211,100 jobs in Portland, Oregon in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,277,884 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 1,700 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,718 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,211,100 -1,700 +20,900
CPS 1,277,884 +3,718 +3,355

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 January 2019 at 1,212,800. Since then 1,700 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in February 2019 for Portland is at a new high of 1,277,884.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 1,211,100 -1,700 1,277,884 3,718
January 2019 1,212,800 5,300 1,274,166 10
December 2018 1,207,500 1,400 1,274,156 884
November 2018 1,206,100 2,500 1,273,272 -768
October 2018 1,203,600 2,000 1,274,040 3,881
September 2018 1,201,600 2,200 1,270,159 4,570
August 2018 1,199,400 -100 1,265,589 -6,931
July 2018 1,199,500 5,300 1,272,520 4,316
June 2018 1,194,200 3,300 1,268,204 1,520
May 2018 1,190,900 900 1,266,684 1,625
April 2018 1,190,000 -2,200 1,265,059 -7,709
March 2018 1,192,200 2,000 1,272,768 -1,761