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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Oregon 4.0% 0.0 0.0
Portland 3.8% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 June 2009 at 134,037. There are now 84,082 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 49,485 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 470. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 49,955 +308 -382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 49,955
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 49,647
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.8% 49,999
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.9% 51,337
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 3.9% 51,950
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.0% 52,348
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 53,008
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 52,874
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 52,931
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 52,731

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.