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Portland-South Portland, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 9.9% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in September 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Maine 4.8% -0.1 -0.1
Portland 3.8% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 11,910 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,453 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 292. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 7,745 +103 -747

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 3.8% 7,745
October
2021
4.6% 4.9% 3.7% 7,642
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 3.6% 7,453
August
2021
5.2% 4.9% 4.0% 8,257
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.6% 9,483
June
2021
5.9% 4.8% 4.6% 9,326
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.5% 9,038
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 5.2% 4.3% 8,727

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.