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Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Idaho Falls fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Idaho Falls peaked in February 2011 at 7.3% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Idaho Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Idaho 2.9% +0.1 -0.1
Idaho Falls 2.5% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 February 2011 at 4,597. There are now 2,797 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,444 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 356.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Idaho Falls 1,800 -54 +153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.5% 1,800
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.6% 1,854
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.3% 1,583
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.2% 1,537
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.2% 1,559
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.1% 1,444
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.2% 1,498
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.4% 1,694
June
2018
4.0% 2.8% 2.4% 1,676
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 1,764
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.4% 1,690

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.