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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Maine 4.8% -0.4 +1.7
Portland 4.4% 0.0 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 12,197 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,913 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 99. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 9,012 +99 +3,707

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.4% 9,012
January
2021
6.3% 5.2% 4.4% 8,913
December
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.5% 9,031
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.4% 8,927
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 5.0% 10,037
September
2020
7.8% 4.9% 5.8% 11,829
August
2020
8.4% 5.2% 6.7% 13,615
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 10.1% 20,986
June
2020
11.1% 5.3% 6.9% 13,607
May
2020
13.3% 8.3% 10.3% 20,073
April
2020
14.8% 9.1% 10.9% 21,209

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.