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Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 1.0 percentage points in August 2020 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in April 2020 at 11.2% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Idaho 4.2% -0.9 +1.3
Lewiston 4.5% -1.0 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lewiston, Idaho, National

Lewiston, Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lewiston, Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lewiston peaked in April 2020 at 3,299. There are now 1,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Idaho) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,366 -288 +350

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 6.1%
August
2020
8.4% 4.2% 4.5% 1,366
July
2020
10.2% 5.1% 5.5% 1,654
June
2020
11.1% 5.8% 5.6% 1,657
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.0% 2,593
April
2020
14.7% 11.8% 11.2% 3,299
March
2020
4.4% 2.5% 3.0% 917
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 3.0% 951
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.1% 992
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.1% 1,000
November
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.2% 1,002
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.2% 1,006

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.