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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,138,900 jobs in Portland, Oregon in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,232,173 employed persons for the month. Portland added 8,400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 6,038 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,138,900 +8,400 -103,300
CPS 1,232,173 +6,038 -57,776

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 1,242,200. Since then 103,300 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,062,600 in April 2020, Portland has gained 76,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,289,949 for Portland in February 2020. 57,776 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,136,570, Portland has added 95,603 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 1,138,900 8,400 1,232,173 6,038
January 2021 1,130,500 4,300 1,226,135 -1,016
December 2020 1,126,200 -13,400 1,227,151 -9,066
November 2020 1,139,600 3,800 1,236,217 -22,629
October 2020 1,135,800 4,800 1,258,846 79,720
September 2020 1,131,000 1,600 1,179,126 -16,504
August 2020 1,129,400 9,500 1,195,630 25,581
July 2020 1,119,900 23,500 1,170,049 -32,375
June 2020 1,096,400 28,300 1,202,424 55,841
May 2020 1,068,100 5,500 1,146,583 10,013
April 2020 1,062,600 -166,600 1,136,570 -145,999
March 2020 1,229,200 -13,000 1,282,569 -7,380