Reports show Pocatello is a leader in job market, nondiscrimination

October 10, 2018

New reports show Pocatello is a good place for workers, ranking high for its nondiscrimination policies and its strong job market.

The Gate City recently scored 71 out of 100 in a report by the Human Rights Campaign, called the 2018 Municipal Equality Index.

Only Boise placed higher among Idaho cities, with a score of 73. The index evaluates “49 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services” and more. HRC claims to be the only nationwide rating system of “LGBT inclusion in municipal law, policy and services.”

“Pocatello’s continued ranking on the index is no surprise to those who live here,” Mayor Brian Blad said in a press release. “We welcome and respect all individuals who chose to call our great city home.”

The full report is available at hrc.org/mei.

Pocatello also ranked 15th on a report showing the best 20 U.S. job markets, thanks to its 2.3 percent unemployment rate, in a recent CNBC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Idaho Falls was second on the list with a 2 percent unemployment rate, trailing only Ames, Iowa, which had a 1.7 percent unemployment rate.

Yuma, Arizona, had the worst unemployment, at 22 percent.

The national unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, dipping its lowest point in 48 years.

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