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Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston 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
Lewiston 3.3% -0.1 +0.2
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: 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 2,514. There are now 1,462 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 940 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 112. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Idaho) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,052 -24 +62

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.3% 1,052
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.4% 1,076
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.3% 1,085
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.1% 1,011
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 3.0% 967
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 3.0% 945
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 940
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.2% 1,030
June
2018
4.0% 2.8% 3.2% 1,044
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 3.2% 1,029
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.1% 1,009

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.