Labor Force Statistics

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

2017 Revised and preliminary data

(Updated 11/17/2017)

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October Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 2.9 Percent

A surge in the number of Idahoans 16 and older working or looking for work in October increased the pool of available workers for employment and pushed the state’s unemployment rate up to 2.9 percent.
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State data and average annual rates
January 2016 through October 2017 - Updated 11/17/2017



What is the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program?

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics program is a federal-state cooperative venture that counts the number of people working— not jobs—by where they live. The data collected include individuals either working or actively seeking work during any part of the week that includes the 12th of the month. The results are used to develop monthly estimates of labor force statistics—the number of persons employed, unemployed and the unemployment rate—at the state, county and labor market area levels and for selected cities.