[quote="beforewisdom"]I heard that Portland isn't so great for employment, particularly for professionals, even during normal non-recessions times. Aside from that everything ELSE I've read about Portland sounds fantastic and I do plan to visit one day. I'm guessing the summertime is the best time to travel there, which will have to be next years since I have less than a day of leave time
Beforewisdom, I have also heard that jobs can be tough here. I find that this is not particularly true or at least not so much more so than most other places I have talked with folks about. Some places here cannot get enough qualified folks and this seems most true of many professional or para-professional lines of work. It is definitely true that other places are swamped by applicants, not just because of the economy but also because so many folks want to live here!
As for when to visit, that really depends on you and what you want to do while here. I am a strong advocate of "off-season" travel, particularly if your goals include meeting local folks and getting a feel for what's its like to live here. As our weather tend to be rather mild overall, even midwinter visits can be quite nice, esp. in the city itself. July and August are the only months you can expect consistent sun and heat though.
Personally I suggest visiting sometime in either April/May or September/October as you'll likely get the nicest mix of weather & social conditions. Please drop me a line if you are coming out -I'd love to meet-up & show you around if you like!