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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in September 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in April 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Idaho 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Pocatello 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pocatello, Idaho, National

Pocatello, Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pocatello peaked in September 2009 at 3,420. There are now 1,921 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,362 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 137.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,499 -45 -58

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 3.8% 3.5% 1,499
September
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.6% 1,544
August
2016
4.9% 3.8% 3.6% 1,538
July
2016
4.9% 3.8% 3.6% 1,532
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.5% 1,472
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 3.3% 1,413
April
2016
5.0% 3.7% 3.2% 1,362
March
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.3% 1,407
February
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.4% 1,465
January
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.4% 1,468
December
2015
5.0% 3.9% 3.6% 1,525

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.