These Are The 10 Cities In Idaho With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Idaho with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Idaho for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Gem State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Eagle(Jobs)
  2. Ammon(Jobs)
  3. Burley(Jobs)
  4. Lewiston(Jobs)
  5. Meridian(Jobs)
  6. Post Falls(Jobs)
  7. Hayden(Jobs)
  8. Jerome(Jobs)
  9. Idaho Falls(Jobs)
  10. Twin Falls(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Eagle takes the cake as the place in Idaho with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Idaho that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Idaho job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Idaho With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Idaho’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 22 places in Idaho.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 22 with one being the “most employed city in Idaho”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

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Population: 21,102
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Eagle comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 4.6 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Ammon doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,352
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Burley, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.3 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,178
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Lewiston. With a population of 32178 residents, Lewiston is a solid place to move in Idaho if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Meridian. Numbering around 81025 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.5%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Post Falls

Post Falls, Idaho

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Population: 28,786
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
The city of Post Falls is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

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Population: 13,588
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Hayden. With a unemployment rate of 6.0 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

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Population: 11,046
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Coming in at #8, Jerome has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Idaho’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,935
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Idaho Falls, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,362
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Twin Falls, Idaho. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 22.

Twin Falls’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Idaho

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Idaho with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Rexburg
  2. Caldwell
  3. Garden City

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Idaho

City Rank Unemployment
Eagle 1 4.6%
Ammon 2 4.9%
Burley 3 5.3%
Lewiston 4 5.3%
Meridian 5 5.5%
Post Falls 6 5.8%
Hayden 7 6.0%
Jerome 8 6.3%
Idaho Falls 9 6.4%
Twin Falls 10 6.5%
Chubbuck 11 6.8%
Pocatello 12 7.1%
Boise City 13 7.2%
Blackfoot 14 7.4%
Mountain Home 15 7.5%
Kuna 16 8.6%
Coeur D’Alene 17 8.6%
Nampa 18 8.9%
Moscow 19 9.3%
Garden City 20 9.7%
Caldwell 21 11.2%
Rexburg 22 11.7%
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