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Boise Unemployment Rate 2.7 Percent, Lowest in State

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Statisticians at the Idaho Department of Labor report that April's hiring rate was the highest since pre-recession levels. That helped April's unemployment rate to hold steady at 3.8 percent, a seven-year low.

The department reports that the Gem State labor force grew by 4,100, pushing Idaho's employment to a new high of 761,2000. Analysts pointed to what they called "a healthy housing market" that pushed construction jobs up 7.6 percent higher than a year ago. Jobs in the financial services industry also saw a significant gain.

Fremont County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent and Shoshone County's 7.4 percent was the state's highest.

Boise had the lowest jobless rate among Idaho cities: 2.7 percent, a full 1.4 percent lower than a year ago.

The Boise metro area, which includes Boise, Nampa, Meridian and much of the Treasure Valley, registered a 3.8 percent unemployment rate, 0.9 percent lower than the same period in 2014.