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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,242,700 jobs in Portland, Oregon in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,339,210 employed persons for the month. Portland lost 2,200 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 728 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,242,700 -2,200 +59,900
CPS 1,339,210 -728 +47,479

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 August 2022 at 1,244,900. Since then 2,200 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,339,938 for Portland in August 2022. 728 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 1,242,700 -2,200 1,339,210 -728
August 2022 1,244,900 3,500 1,339,938 1,464
July 2022 1,241,400 10,400 1,338,474 1,998
June 2022 1,231,000 6,500 1,336,476 1,737
May 2022 1,224,500 6,200 1,334,739 4,626
April 2022 1,218,300 4,300 1,330,113 5,524
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