Idaho unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent

Posted at 12:54 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 14:55:05-05

State officials say Idaho's unemployment rate has remained at 3.8 percent for the past four months.

The Idaho Department of Labor announced Friday that growth in manufacturing, education and health offset jobs shed in national resources, construction and transportation.

The agency says the state's workforce dropped by 200 to 813,000, putting the state's labor force participation rate to 64 percent. The national rate is 62.8 percent.

State officials say the number of unemployed Idaho residents is around 30,900.

Nineteen of the state's 44 counties have unemployment rates higher than the state rate. Clearwater, Shoshone, Benewah, Adams and Lemhi counties all have unemployment rates higher than 6 percent.

Madison County continues to have the lowest unemployment in the state at 2.1 percent.

(by Associated Press)