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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.1%. 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 April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 0.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Oregon 14.3% -0.6 +10.4
Portland 14.1% -0.2 +10.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 397 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 188,867 -397 +140,163

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 11.2%
May
2020
13.3% 14.3% 14.1% 188,867
April
2020
14.7% 14.9% 14.3% 189,264
March
2020
4.4% 3.5% 3.2% 42,036
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.2% 42,102
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.2% 43,045
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.1% 41,846
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 43,022
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 44,321
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 45,699
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.5% 46,990

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.