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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2020 at 10.0% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Maine 3.3% +0.2 -1.2
Portland 2.6% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 May 2020 at 19,896. There are now 14,613 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,089 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 194. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 5,283 +194 -2,494

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.3% 2.6% 5,283
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 2.5% 5,089
July
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 5,146
June
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.7% 5,446
May
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.8% 5,784
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 6,125
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 6,621
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 3.3% 6,853
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 3.5% 7,166
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 7,458
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.6% 7,429

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.