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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. 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
Oregon 5.2% -0.4 -4.4
Portland 5.3% -0.4 -5.2
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, Oregon, National

Portland, Oregon monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Portland, Oregon Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 169,087. There are now 97,873 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 71,214 -4,847 -63,831

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.2% 5.3% 71,214
June
2021
5.9% 5.6% 5.7% 76,061
May
2021
5.8% 5.8% 6.0% 80,326
April
2021
6.1% 5.9% 6.2% 83,542
March
2021
6.0% 6.0% 6.5% 86,188
February
2021
6.2% 6.1% 6.7% 89,112
January
2021
6.3% 6.2% 7.0% 93,255
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 7.3% 97,372
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 7.2% 95,262
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.0% 93,718
September
2020
7.8% 7.5% 8.0% 106,146

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.