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Unemployment climbs

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in August as total employment dropped to its lowest level in nearly a year. Last year, Idaho’s August unemployment rate was 7 percent.

The state’s jobless rate at 6.8 percent has risen seven-tenths of a percentage point since April, one of the largest rate increases among the states in the last four months.

Nationally, unemployment fell another tenth of a point in August to 7.3 percent, down two-tenths from April.

Idaho’s rate remained below the national rate for the 143rd month – one month short of 12 years. The last time the gap was smaller than a half percentage point was October 2002.

The number of Idaho workers without jobs in August was up 1,200 from July to nearly 52,300, the highest total since September 2012, while the number of people working in August fell 2,200 to just under 721,000, the lowest total in nearly a year.

In rural Idaho, the same six resource-dependent counties that reported double-digit rates in June and July did so again in August. Adams County had the highest rate at 14.7 percent, down a full percentage point from July. Oneida had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent, the only county under 4 percent.

Idaho County remained steady at 9.1 percent this month. It was at 9.4 percent a year ago.

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