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Unemployment: Idaho County slightly lower from year ago

Within the region...

Clearwater County reported the highest unemployment rate: 8.1 percent (251 of 3,100);

Adams County was at 6.4 percent (107 of 1,688);

Lewis County at 5.9 percent (95 of 1,621);

Valley County at 5.1 percent (248 of 4,886).

Unemployment for Idaho County is above the average for the state, in preliminary figures reported this month by the Idaho Department of Labor; however, it has dropped by half a percentage point from a year ago.

For the county in October, 346 of a total 6,332 civilian labor force were reported unemployed; 5.5 percent. This is down from 5.6 percent the month prior (352 unemployed of 6,325), and from 6 percent (378 of 6,339) recorded in October 2015.

For the state, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.8 percent in October. Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased from 5 to 4.9 percent.

Month-to-month, growth in the state’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payrolls experienced a slight decline of 400 jobs between September and October. Gains in manufacturing, financial activities, education and health, and leisure and hospitality were offset by jobs shed in natural resources, construction, trade and transportation, professional and business services, and government sectors. Information and other services were unchanged.

Idaho’s labor force, employment and unemployment changed little in October from September with the labor force decreasing by 200 to 813,000, employment unchanged at 782,100 and the number of unemployed Idahoans falling by 200 people to 30,900.

Idaho County was one of 19 counties that had had unemployment rates above the state rate.


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