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Boise City, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boise City rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Boise City peaked in July 2009 at 10.5% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Boise City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Idaho 2.7% 0.0 -0.3
Boise City 2.5% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Boise City, Idaho, National

Boise City, Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Boise City, Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Boise City peaked in June 2009 at 31,146. There are now 22,335 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,431 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 380. Boise City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boise City, Idaho) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Boise City 8,811 +380 -1,333

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boise City, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Boise City
Unemployment Rate
Boise City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.5% 8,811
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.4% 8,431
August
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 8,750
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.8% 9,867
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 9,638
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.8% 9,791
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.7% 9,545
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 9,422
February
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.7% 9,672
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 10,278
December
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.8% 9,867

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.