The 2000-2008 version of these figures put the area 8th at 6.2 per thousand. Metro area employment, however, shrunk by 0.2% in a similar period, Q3 2000-Q3 2009. Figures are from the US Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) . Image © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.
Also according to the BLS, the Portland metro area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.9% in September, 2009. What do you think can or should be done about this imbalance of newcomers and job creation?