Idaho Jobless Rate Plunges to 7.1 Percent, Mirroring National Trend


The Idaho Department of Labor reports this morning that the jobless rate fell a full three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent in September, the lowest rate since May 2009.

Another 1,200 workers were on the job in September, pushing Idaho's total employment to 720,600, the highest level in four years.

The drop in Idaho's unemployment rate matched the three-tenths of a point decline in the national rate in September to 7.8 percent, marking 11 full years that the state rate has been lower than the national rate.

The highest jobless rate was 18 percent in Adams County, up a half-point from August but nearly three and a half points lower than September 2011. The lowest rate was in Franklin County, registering 4.1 percent.

Twenty-nine of Idaho's 44 counties and all five metropolitan areas posted lower jobless rates in September.