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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.2%. 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 14.3% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Oregon 6.1% -0.1 +2.6
Portland 6.2% -0.1 +3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 189,264. There are now 107,596 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 76,990 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,678. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 81,668 -109 +39,566

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.1% 6.2% 81,668
January
2021
6.3% 6.2% 6.3% 81,777
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.1% 79,114
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 5.9% 76,990
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.8% 92,205
September
2020
7.8% 7.5% 8.2% 105,790
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 8.9% 117,016
July
2020
10.2% 9.6% 11.0% 145,137
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 11.6% 158,035
May
2020
13.3% 11.7% 14.2% 189,256
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 14.3% 189,264

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.