Idaho Jobless Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent

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Idaho's unemployment rate dropped in September to its lowest level since May 2008.

The Idaho Department of Labor announced this morning that the Gem State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, two-tenths of a point lower than August. According to the IDOL, September marked 13 full years that Idaho's jobless rate has been below the nation's unemployment rate, which currently sits at 5.9 percent.

State labor officials said nearly 2,100 workers left Idaho's labor force in September, many likely returning to school. 

None of Idaho's counties reached double-digit unemployment in September. The highest rate was in Clearwater County: 7.6 percent. 21 counties and all five metro areas, including Boise, had rates less than the statewide rate of 4.5 percent.