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Idaho County one of five above 5 percent unemployment rate in state

July economic report

Idaho County unemployment rates have seen a slight increase this summer and remain several points above the state’s overall low numbers.

According to the Idaho Department of Labor, 23 of Idaho’s 44 counties had unemployment rates above the state’s 2.9 percent rate in July. Five counties experienced rates at or above 5 percent, of which Idaho County was one, reporting 5 percent. Others in the region were Clearwater, 7.1 percent; Lewis, 6.7 percent; and Adams, 6.2 percent.

The July preliminary report for Idaho county reported 6,282 in the civilian labor force, of which 314 were unemployed. This compares with 6,277 and 283, respectively, in June (4.5 percent unemployment); and 6,149 and 292 at year ago July (4.8 percent unemployment).

Year over year, the state continued to see strong job growth as employers increased payrolls. Total nonfarm jobs grew by 3.4 percent - for a total of 24,300 jobs – the second fastest growth rate in the nation in July. The construction and manufacturing sectors grew more than 5 percent, gaining a total of 5,800 jobs. The information sector declined by 100 over the year, while natural resources had no over-the-year growth.

Annually, unemployment insurance benefit payments were down 12 percent from a weekly average of $1.2 million a year ago to $1 million weekly for July 2018. The number of claimants decreased by 13 percent to 3,630 from a weekly average of 4,170 a year ago.


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