Idaho Unemployment Rate Lowest in Nearly 7 Years

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Idaho's jobless rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly seven years in November—dipping below 4 percent for the first time since March 2008. 

The Idaho Department of Labor reported this morning that November's jobless rate was 3.9 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point lower than October. The Labor Department said employment increased to nearly 743,000.

The department reported that there were gains in manufacturing, retail sales, health care and hospitality payrolls. Public education jobs were also higher than normal.

All in, 30,100 Idahoans were on the official unemployment list, compared to 32,000 in October and 44,300 in November 2013.