Department of Numbers

Idaho Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Idaho fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 2.7% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Idaho unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Idaho 2.8% 0.0 -0.2

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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Idaho peaked in June 2009 at 73,280. There are now 48,908 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,628 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 744. Idaho job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Idaho 24,372 +614 -1,078

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Idaho from 1990 to January 2019

Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 2.8% 24,372
December 2018 3.9% 2.8% 23,758
November 2018 3.7% 2.8% 23,724
October 2018 3.8% 2.7% 23,650
September 2018 3.7% 2.7% 23,628
August 2018 3.8% 2.8% 23,695
July 2018 3.9% 2.8% 23,879
June 2018 4.0% 2.8% 24,161
May 2018 3.8% 2.9% 24,482
April 2018 3.9% 2.9% 24,788
March 2018 4.0% 2.9% 25,052