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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Job Growth

There were 1,142,700 jobs in Portland, Oregon in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,233,770 employed persons for the month. Portland added 5,200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 25,076 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Portland job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,142,700 +5,200 -83,500
CPS 1,233,770 -25,076 -53,379

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 87,700 jobs have been lost in Portland according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,066,500 in April 2020, Portland has gained 76,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,289,949 for Portland in February 2020. 56,179 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 97,200 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Portland, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 1,142,700 5,200 1,233,770 -25,076
October 2020 1,137,500 7,600 1,258,846 79,720
September 2020 1,129,900 3,600 1,179,126 -16,504
August 2020 1,126,300 7,700 1,195,630 25,581
July 2020 1,118,600 9,000 1,170,049 -32,375
June 2020 1,109,600 34,600 1,202,424 55,841
May 2020 1,075,000 8,500 1,146,583 10,013
April 2020 1,066,500 -158,200 1,136,570 -145,999
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