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Idaho unemployment grows

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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More workers are entering the labor force causing a slight increase in the unemployment rate from 3.9 to 4.0 percent for June.

June is the second consecutive month there has been growth in both the labor force and unemployment rate. This increase is caused by more people seeking work because of the availability of jobs. Economic expansion and demand caused 2,300 more people to join the labor force. Due to the increased work force it has brought the largest gain since March 2006 for employees. The biggest increases were seen in construction and the hospitality industries.

Nearly all of Idaho's industries are experiencing annual job gains, with the largest increases in construction, education and health, trade, transportation and utilities, and services.

The Conference Board, a Washington, D.C., think-tank, estimates just over one unemployed worker for every Idaho job opening, further evidence of a strong demand and tight supply for workers.

Nationally, unemployment dropped from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent, making June the second time this year that Idaho and the national rate moved in opposite directions.

Twenty-three counties were at or below the statewide unemployment rate, one less than in May. Only four counties saw unemployment decreases with Adams County climbing to 7.6 percent, the highest rate for all counties. Teton County had the lowest rate at 3.1 percent.

Unemployment in the Idaho Falls and Boise Metropolitan Statistical Areas remained below the statewide rate at 3.6 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. The Lewiston MSA rate tied with the statewide rate while Coeur d'Alene remained at 4.4 percent, the highest among the MSAs.

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Original Publication Date: July 29, 2015

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