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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Oregon rate. The unemployment rate in Portland peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Oregon 3.7% -0.1 -2.2
Portland 3.7% -0.1 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 168,239. There are now 116,979 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 51,260 -1,028 -26,015

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 51,260
March
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 52,288
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 53,817
January
2022
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 55,963
December
2021
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 57,298
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 56,800
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 4.2% 56,928
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 59,411
August
2021
5.2% 4.9% 4.7% 62,961
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.0% 66,999
June
2021
5.9% 5.4% 5.3% 70,877

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.