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Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pocatello rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Idaho rate. The unemployment rate in Pocatello peaked in September 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Idaho 2.9% 0.0 -0.3
Pocatello 2.7% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 September 2009 at 3,420. There are now 2,269 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,096 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 55.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pocatello 1,151 +46 -98

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pocatello, Idaho Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Idaho
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployment Rate
Pocatello
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.7% 1,151
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
November
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 1,210
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.8% 1,175
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 2.8% 1,155
August
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.8% 1,170
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.9% 1,206

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.