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Idaho: Unemployment rate

People are counted as unemployed if they are at least 16 years old, are without a job and available for work, and have recently made specific efforts to find employment. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the entire labor force.

Idaho's monthly unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in August, 2017. This compares to 4.4 percent in the U.S. as a whole.

Idaho's average annual unemployment rate in 2016 . . .

  • was 3.8 percent compared to 4.9 for the U.S.
  • was less than the previous year's rate of 4.2 percent.
  • ranked 40th – from highest to lowest – out of the U.S.'s 50 states.
 

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·         How is your county faring in the current economic climate (e.g. how do local unemployment rates compare to state and national rates)?

·         Are unemployment rates increasing or decreasing?

 

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·         “County types: County policy type codes” – Is your county classified as a “low employment” county?

·         “Employment: Number of jobs” – Is the total number of jobs increasing or decreasing?

 

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·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

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Note: Monthly data for counties and states are not seasonally adjusted. The Bureau of Labor Statistics often revises previous estimates. Data are adjusted accordingly on this website.

Source: 1991-2017: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Labor Force Data by County, (http://stats.bls.gov/lau/home.htm); DATE LAST UPDATED: October 2, 2017.




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