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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,159,500 jobs in Portland, Oregon in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,261,390 employed persons for the month. Portland added 7,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 6,894 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,159,500 +7,300 +91,400
CPS 1,261,390 +6,894 +98,061

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 82,700 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,062,600 in April 2020, Portland has gained 96,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,296,526 for Portland in February 2020. 35,136 jobs have been lost in Portland since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,121,749, Portland has added 139,641 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 1,159,500 7,300 1,261,390 6,894
April 2021 1,152,200 4,000 1,254,496 4,480
March 2021 1,148,200 7,400 1,250,016 3,837
February 2021 1,140,800 10,300 1,246,179 1,824
January 2021 1,130,500 4,300 1,244,355 795
December 2020 1,126,200 -13,400 1,243,560 6,641
November 2020 1,139,600 3,800 1,236,919 -12,067
October 2020 1,135,800 4,800 1,248,986 31,930
September 2020 1,131,000 1,600 1,217,056 15,109
August 2020 1,129,400 9,500 1,201,947 44,881
July 2020 1,119,900 23,500 1,157,066 -34,688
June 2020 1,096,400 28,300 1,191,754 28,425