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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in January 2010 at 6.9% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Maine 3.4% +0.1 +0.2
Portland 2.8% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Portland, Maine, National

Portland, Maine monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Portland, Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Portland peaked in June 2009 at 13,655. There are now 7,700 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,523 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,432. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 5,955 +239 +730

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 2.8% 5,955
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.7% 5,716
August
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.6% 5,617
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 5,545
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.5% 5,327
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.4% 5,055
April
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.4% 5,013
March
2018
4.1% 2.7% 2.2% 4,581
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.2% 4,523
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.3% 4,705
December
2017
4.1% 3.1% 2.3% 4,737

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.