Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Idaho

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Idaho

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Idaho using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#44. Teton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,526 (129 unemployed)
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#43. Franklin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 7,440 (146 unemployed)
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#42. Madison County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 24,867 (509 unemployed)
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#41. Fremont County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 8,623 (194 unemployed)
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#40. Bear Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,413 (79 unemployed)
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#39. Blaine County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 14,087 (321 unemployed)
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#38. Bonneville County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 63,369 (1,437 unemployed)
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#37. Camas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 753 (17 unemployed)
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#36. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 15,420 (352 unemployed)
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#35. Ada County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 279,722 (6,670 unemployed)
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#34. Nez Perce County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 21,511 (509 unemployed)
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#33. Cassia County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 13,246 (328 unemployed)
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#32. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 395 (10 unemployed)
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#31. Gooding County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 8,626 (218 unemployed)
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#30. Butte County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,512 (40 unemployed)
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#29. Caribou County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 4,246 (109 unemployed)
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#28. Jerome County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 12,897 (336 unemployed)
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#27. Latah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 20,126 (519 unemployed)
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#26. Oneida County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 2,814 (74 unemployed)
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#25. Custer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,679 (71 unemployed)
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#24. Gem County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 9,107 (245 unemployed)
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#23. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,877 (79 unemployed)
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#22. Minidoka County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 12,384 (334 unemployed)
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#21. Bannock County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 44,144 (1,222 unemployed)
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#20. Bingham County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 25,097 (691 unemployed)
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#19. Twin Falls County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 44,110 (1,237 unemployed)
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#18. Kootenai County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 87,056 (2,499 unemployed)
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#17. Bonner County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 23,325 (708 unemployed)
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#16. Valley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 6,545 (195 unemployed)
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#15. Elmore County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 12,709 (390 unemployed)
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#14. Boundary County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 5,994 (192 unemployed)
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#13. Canyon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 116,407 (3,772 unemployed)
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#12. Lemhi County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 4,105 (132 unemployed)
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#11. Payette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 12,364 (394 unemployed)
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#10. Owyhee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,164 (205 unemployed)
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#9. Power County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,215 (141 unemployed)
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#8. Benewah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,220 (146 unemployed)
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#7. Idaho County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,231 (255 unemployed)
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#6. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 5,025 (182 unemployed)
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#5. Boise County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 3,889 (149 unemployed)
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#4. Lewis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 1,773 (76 unemployed)
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#3. Clearwater County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,093 (137 unemployed)
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#2. Shoshone County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 5,620 (253 unemployed)
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#1. Adams County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 1,936 (93 unemployed)

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