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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello fell 1.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in April 2020 at 10.5% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Idaho 3.5% -0.3 +0.9
Pocatello 3.5% -1.3 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pocatello, Idaho, National

Pocatello, Idaho monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pocatello peaked in April 2020 at 4,128. There are now 2,590 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,538 -397 +372

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.3%
January
2021
6.3% 3.5% 3.5% 1,538
December
2020
6.7% 3.8% 4.8% 1,935
November
2020
6.7% 4.3% 4.8% 1,961
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 5.5% 2,280
September
2020
7.8% 6.0% 6.1% 2,612
August
2020
8.4% 4.9% 3.9% 1,625
July
2020
10.2% 5.9% 4.7% 1,962
June
2020
11.1% 7.0% 5.2% 2,135
May
2020
13.3% 8.3% 8.1% 3,218
April
2020
14.8% 11.6% 10.5% 4,128

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.