In a reverse trend from national jobless figures, Idaho's unemployment rate edged upward in December to 9.5 percent, the fifth straight increase. The Idaho Department of Labor reported today that 71.900 Idaho workers were without jobs in the last month of 2010.
Earlier today, the national unemployment rate was reported to be 9.4 percent.
Employment throughout Idaho fell another 1,600 from November to 684,200. It was the seventh straight monthly decline, reducing total employment by 9,000 since May 2010. Based on current data, Idaho's unemployment rate for 2010 averaged a record 9.2 percent, breaking the previous record of 9 percent in 1982 set in the midst of a double-dip recession.