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Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Idaho Falls fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Idaho Falls peaked in April 2020 at 8.0% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Idaho Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Idaho 4.8% -0.7 +1.9
Idaho Falls 3.7% -0.5 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Idaho Falls, Idaho, National

Idaho Falls, Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Idaho Falls peaked in April 2020 at 5,875. There are now 3,069 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,237 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 569.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Idaho Falls 2,806 -460 +1,076

Number of Unemployed Persons

Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.8% 3.7% 2,806
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 4.2% 3,266
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 4.6% 3,517
August
2020
8.4% 4.2% 3.0% 2,237
July
2020
10.2% 5.1% 3.4% 2,610
June
2020
11.1% 5.8% 4.0% 2,998
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 5.9% 4,398
April
2020
14.8% 11.8% 8.0% 5,875
March
2020
4.4% 2.5% 2.2% 1,602
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.2% 1,633
January
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.3% 1,699

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.