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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in December 2009 at 7.8% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Utah 3.2% -0.1 0.0
Provo 2.9% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2010 at 18,038. There are now 9,368 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,886 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 784. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 8,670 +192 +230

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.9% 8,670
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.8% 8,478
September
2017
4.2% 3.4% 3.0% 9,016
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.1% 9,129
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.0% 9,109
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.1% 9,210
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.9% 8,638
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.9% 8,673
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.8% 8,360
February
2017
4.7% 3.1% 2.7% 7,943
January
2017
4.8% 3.1% 2.7% 7,886

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.