More Idahoans Jobless in August

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Idaho again shadowed the nation in August, watching the jobless rate edging up one-tenth of a point.

The Gem State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate bumped up to 8.9 percent. The national jobless rate also rose .10 to 9.6 percent.

The increase in Idaho's unemployment is the first since the rate rose two-tenths of a point in February to a near-record 9.5 percent. Total employment fell 1,400 to under 789,000, the lowest level since March, and the number of Idahoans without jobs was up 500 to 67,400.

Despite August's increase that kept Idaho's rate higher than in any other pre-recession month since 1983, the rate has been below the national rate for eight years and 11 months.

Nationwide, the economy lost 54,000 jobs as 114,000 temporary census positions came to an end. The first time this year, the manufacturing sector lost job-down a net total of 27,000 for the month. The auto industry accounted for 22,000 of those lost jobs, with many due to a shift in the timing of the industry's summer shutdowns.

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