Department of Numbers

Idaho Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Idaho fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Idaho peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Idaho unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Idaho 2.8% -0.1 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Idaho, National

Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Idaho peaked in June 2009 at 73,280. There are now 48,529 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 24,387 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 364. Idaho job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Idaho 24,751 -638 -832

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Idaho from 1990 to January 2020

Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.8% 24,751
December 2019 3.5% 2.9% 25,389
November 2019 3.5% 2.9% 25,377
October 2019 3.6% 2.9% 25,422
September 2019 3.5% 2.9% 25,573
August 2019 3.7% 2.9% 25,739
July 2019 3.7% 2.9% 25,852
June 2019 3.7% 2.9% 25,887
May 2019 3.6% 2.9% 25,872
April 2019 3.6% 2.9% 25,841
March 2019 3.8% 2.9% 25,796