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Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in November 2009 at 8.4% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Idaho 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Lewiston 3.3% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June 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 January 2010 at 2,453. There are now 1,417 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,005 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Idaho) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,036 -13 +24

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.3% 1,036
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.3% 1,049
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.4% 1,058
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.3% 1,046
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.3% 1,046
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.3% 1,037
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.3% 1,036
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 3.3% 1,029
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 3.3% 1,017
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.2% 1,008
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.2% 1,005

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.