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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in May 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Oregon 4.1% 0.0 0.0
Portland 3.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2018 data as April 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 May 2009 at 134,226. There are now 84,913 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,655 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,658. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 49,313 +1,334 +1,658

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
April
2018
3.9%
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 49,313
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 47,979
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 48,160
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 51,888
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.0% 52,663
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 53,696
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.1% 54,505
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.1% 54,407
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 53,424
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.0% 51,861
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 50,050

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.