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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,066,900 jobs in Portland, Oregon in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,138,450 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 157,800 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 144,119 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,066,900 -157,800 -150,500
CPS 1,138,450 -144,119 -135,905

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 1,230,400. Since then 163,500 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,289,949 for Portland in February 2020. 151,499 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 1,066,900 -157,800 1,138,450 -144,119
March 2020 1,224,700 -5,700 1,282,569 -7,380
February 2020 1,230,400 400 1,289,949 2,560
January 2020 1,230,000 900 1,287,389 -1,160
December 2019 1,229,100 2,900 1,288,549 1,400
November 2019 1,226,200 1,400 1,287,149 1,803
October 2019 1,224,800 200 1,285,346 2,096
September 2019 1,224,600 -1,100 1,283,250 2,461
August 2019 1,225,700 2,900 1,280,789 2,553
July 2019 1,222,800 2,300 1,278,236 2,040
June 2019 1,220,500 1,800 1,276,196 1,290
May 2019 1,218,700 1,300 1,274,906 551