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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 8.1% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Utah 8.5% -1.9 +5.8
Provo 6.3% -1.8 +3.8
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: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 24,552. There are now 5,078 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 19,474 -5,078 +11,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 6.3% 19,474
April
2020
14.7% 10.4% 8.1% 24,552
March
2020
4.4% 3.8% 3.5% 11,153
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.3% 7,299
January
2020
3.6% 2.5% 2.3% 7,321
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 7,222
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 7,185
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 7,176
September
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.3% 7,199
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.3% 7,262
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 7,387

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.