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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2020 at 10.0% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Maine 3.3% -0.3 -1.7
Portland 3.0% -0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 13,780 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 6,116 -505 -2,998

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 6,116
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
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 3.6% 7,484
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 3.8% 7,777
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 4.0% 8,156
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.1% 8,534
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.3% 8,827

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.