Portion versus proportion

triangle910

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Korean
This has have been nagging for a while.

Problem: Portion versus proportion

Example: A small portion/proportion of the population is unemployed.

I believe the "right" word is "proportion," but I feel that proportion is somehow wrong. Is there a good rule of thumb to distinguish between the two? Can fraction be substituted for either word?

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
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