Mirroring the national trend, Idaho's jobless rate ticked up in July to 4.8 percent—the first monthly rate increase since August 2010. But Idaho has seen a drop in jobs every July—except for two years—since 1990.
Again, the bulk of new openings are service jobs. Statistics show that the recession claimed 52,700 jobs in Idaho—nearly 16,000 of those in the service sector. But the recovery has generated nearly 43,000 service jobs.
Meanwhile, Ada County's jobless rate of 4.1 percent remained steady, not moving from its June number. Canyon County also remained stagnant at 5.3 percent.
Franklin County had Idaho's lowest jobless rate, at 3 percent. Clearwater County was highest at 9.4 percent.
The city of Boise's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, the same as June. Meridian's was 4 percent, Nampa was 5.2 percent and Caldwell was 5.6 percent.
The current national unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.