Idaho State Counties

State Highlights

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 2.9 percent in July, 2021. This compares to 5.4 percent in the U.S. as a whole.

Idaho's average annual unemployment rate in 2019 . . .

  • was 2.9 percent compared to 3.7 for the U.S.
  • was the same as the previous year's rate of 2.9 percent.
  • ranked 41st – from highest to lowest – out of the U.S.'s 50 states.

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Ask questions:


·         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?


Look at other indicators:


·         “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?


Dig deeper:


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

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.

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: 1991-2021: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Labor Force Data by County, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: September 20, 2021.

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