Idaho Unemployment at 9.4 Percent, Still Higher Than U.S. Rate



The unemployment picture in Idaho remained bleak in June. The Idaho Department of Labor reported today that fewer jobs were created and more than 1,800 workers gave up looking for work or left the state, but the overall unemployment rate held steady at 9.4 percent, representing 72,200 people.

Idaho's unemployment rate has been above the national rate (currently at 9.2 percent) for seven months running. Total employment across the state was down 2,400 to 692,000, the first employment decline since December.

The City of Boise registered an 8.8 percent jobless rate, a drop of three-tenths of 1 percent since May. The cities of Caldwell (14.2 percent), Coeur d'Alene (12.2 percent), Nampa (13.1 percent) and Post Falls (12.9 percent) all reported double-digit unemployment in June.

The highest unemployment rate in the state was in Valley County (16.9 percent), followed by Adams County (16.2 percent).

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