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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in January 2010 at 6.9% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Maine 2.8% -0.1 -0.7
Portland 2.3% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 January 2010 at 13,589. There are now 8,876 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 4,713 -42 -1,222

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.3% 4,713
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.3% 4,755
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.3% 4,852
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.4% 5,062
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.6% 5,364
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.7% 5,571
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.7% 5,646
March
2019
3.8% 3.4% 2.7% 5,734
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 2.8% 5,835
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 2.9% 5,978
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.8% 5,929

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.