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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in September 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Idaho 2.9% +0.1 -0.8
Pocatello 2.8% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 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 2,283 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,067 in August 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 70.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,137 +59 -336

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.8% 1,137
September
2017
4.2% 2.8% 2.6% 1,078
August
2017
4.4% 2.9% 2.6% 1,067
July
2017
4.3% 3.0% 2.9% 1,179
June
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.8% 1,172
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.9% 1,203
April
2017
4.4% 3.4% 2.9% 1,208
March
2017
4.5% 3.5% 3.2% 1,340
February
2017
4.7% 3.6% 3.4% 1,421
January
2017
4.8% 3.6% 3.5% 1,445
December
2016
4.7% 3.6% 3.4% 1,419

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.