The Idaho unemployment rate has ticked down to a seven-year low of 3.9 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor reported
that February's employment rolls stood at 751,600—the first time that total employment exceeded 750,000.
Analysts credited job growth in the Idaho construction industry and service sector for the improvement. It total, 3,800 more workers were added to Idaho's payrolls.
The highest jobless rate in the state was in Clearwater County, which registered a 9.3 percent rate. Teton County had Idaho's lowest unemployment rate, at 3 percent.
The Boise Metro Area, which includes Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell, had a 4 percent unemployment rate in February, one-tenth of a point higher than January but a full percentage point lower than a year ago.
The city of Boise reported a 2.9 percent jobless rate in February. Across the state, Coeur d'Alene had a 4.8 percent rate in February; Idaho Falls had 3.6 percent; Lewiston had 3.3 percent; Pocatello had 4.2 percent; and Twin Falls had a 3.6 percent rate.