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Idaho Jobless Rate Dips to 4 Percent for October



The Idaho Department of Labor announced Friday morning the Gem State's unemployment rate has dropped two-tenths of a point to 4 percent, the strongest job growth for October in a decade.

IDOL officials said October's "robust" hiring absorbed an additional 1,800 Idahoans who joined the labor force at the same time 1,000 workers joined the ranks of the unemployed. 

In particular, analysts pointed to Idaho construction, which grew by 1.9 percent in October. Retail added 900 jobs—a 1.1 percent increase—but the leisure and hospitality industry declined by 2,100 jobs, down 3.1 percent.

Gooding County registered the lowest unemployment rate in October—2.6 percent—while 20 Idaho counties experienced higher unemployment rates than the state average.

The Boise metro area, including Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell, registered a 3.4 percent jobless rate, down from 3.7 percent in September.