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Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Idaho Falls rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Idaho Falls peaked in February 2011 at 7.3% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Idaho Falls 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
Idaho Falls 2.2% +0.1 -0.5
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: 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 3,038 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 115.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Idaho Falls 1,559 +115 -261

Number of Unemployed Persons

Idaho Falls, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployment Rate
Idaho Falls
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.2% 1,559
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.1% 1,444
August
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.2% 1,498
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.4% 1,694
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.4% 1,676
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 1,764
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.4% 1,690
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.4% 1,645
February
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.4% 1,647
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.5% 1,757
December
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.4% 1,682

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.