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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello fell 2.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in April 2020 at 10.5% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Idaho 8.9% -2.9 +6.0
Pocatello 8.0% -2.5 +5.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 923 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 3,205 -923 +2,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 8.9% 8.0% 3,205
April
2020
14.7% 11.8% 10.5% 4,128
March
2020
4.4% 2.5% 2.6% 1,128
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 1,140
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 1,166
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.7% 1,160
November
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.7% 1,167
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.7% 1,175
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 1,183
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,190
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,192

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.