While the nation's unemployment rate bumped back up in May, Idaho's jobless numbers improved. The Idaho Department of Labor reported today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the second straight month in May, dropping two-tenths of a point to 9.4 percent. All in, the number of Idahoans employed in May was 694,000,
Manufacturers hired a few dozen more workers than normal for May, offering the brightest spot in Idaho's job picture. Construction also generated jobs a little faster than the five-year average.
The number of Idaho workers without jobs in May fell below 72,000 for the first time in nine months. Only three months ago, Idaho's unemployment rate was at a record 9.7 percent. Idaho's rate a year ago was 9.2 percent.
Boise's jobless rate rose four-tenths of a percent in May, up to 9.1 percent.