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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in September 2009 at 8.6% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Pocatello 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
Pocatello 2.4% +0.1 -0.4
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: 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 September 2009 at 3,420. There are now 2,421 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 963 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 36.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 999 +36 -176

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.4% 999
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.3% 963
August
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.4% 1,025
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.7% 1,172
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 1,133
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.7% 1,153
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.6% 1,105
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 1,096
February
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.8% 1,191
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 3.0% 1,264
December
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 1,215

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.