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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Maine 9.4% -1.0 +6.4
Portland 10.2% -0.7 +7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 21,209. There are now 1,331 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 19,878 -1,331 +14,861

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 6.6%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 10.2% 19,878
April
2020
14.7% 10.4% 10.9% 21,209
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.1% 4,359
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 2.5% 5,305
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 2.5% 5,166
December
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.5% 5,165
November
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.4% 5,096
October
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.4% 5,026
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.4% 4,958
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.3% 4,905
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.3% 4,892

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.