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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.8%. 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 April 2020 at 10.5% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Pocatello unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Idaho 4.9% -0.6 +2.0
Pocatello 4.8% -0.7 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 2,166 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,625 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 337.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,962 -318 +795

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 4.4%
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.8% 1,962
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 5.5% 2,280
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 6.1% 2,612
August
2020
8.4% 4.2% 3.9% 1,625
July
2020
10.2% 5.1% 4.7% 1,962
June
2020
11.1% 5.8% 5.2% 2,135
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.1% 3,218
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 1,166

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.