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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.6%. 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 April 2020 at 9.9% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Maine 4.9% +0.1 -3.9
Portland 4.6% 0.0 -4.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 19,655. There are now 10,176 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,518 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,961. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 9,479 +153 -8,848

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.6% 9,479
June
2021
5.9% 4.8% 4.6% 9,326
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.5% 9,038
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 4.3% 8,626
March
2021
6.0% 4.8% 4.0% 8,111
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 3.8% 7,518
January
2021
6.3% 5.2% 4.3% 8,727
December
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.0% 8,132
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.2% 8,492
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.4% 8,820
September
2020
7.8% 4.9% 4.4% 8,902

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.