Idaho Jobless Rate Drops to 7.3 Percent


Idaho's jobless rate ticked down again in August to 7.4 percent, indicating hiring at a rate just above the recession-era average.

Almost 1,600 more workers left the ranks of the jobless in August than July, dropping the number of officially unemployed Idaho workers to just more than 57,000.

Although the national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 8.1 percent, Idaho's one-tenth reduction kept the Gem State below the national rate for the 11th straight year.

The Boise metro area, including much of the Treasure Valley registered a 7 percent unemployment rate, one-tenth of a percent lower than July and a full two points lower than August 2011.

Twenty-eight of Idaho’s 44 counties and three of the five metropolitan areas posted lower jobless rates in August than in July, and every county but Lewis and Owyhee had lower rates than a year ago. Oneida County had the lowest rate in August at 4.4 percent, and eight counties had rates under 6 percent, down from nine in July.