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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in May 2009 at 8.5% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Idaho 2.9% +0.1 +0.1
Pocatello 2.8% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 August 2010 at 3,388. There are now 2,193 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,047 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 148.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,195 +72 +136

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9%
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,195
June
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 1,123
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 1,123
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 1,127
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.7% 1,141
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.7% 1,138
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.7% 1,113
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 1,077
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 1,072
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.5% 1,061

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.