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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portland fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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 3.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Portland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Oregon 4.4% +0.1 +0.2
Portland 3.8% -0.2 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 May 2009 at 134,226. There are now 83,554 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 3,017. Portland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Portland, Oregon) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Portland 50,672 -2,707 +2,693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portland, Oregon Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Oregon
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployment Rate
Portland
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.4% 3.8% 50,672
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 53,379
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.1% 53,833
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 53,220
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 53,293
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 49,836
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 47,837
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 48,189
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.7% 48,613
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 48,567
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.8% 49,631

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.