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Reports from the Idaho Department of Labor pointed to job-gains in the manufacturing, financial, professional and business service sectors, which increased the workforce to 784,200.
Madison County in eastern Idaho had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2 percent, while Benewah, Clearwater, Lemhi, Lewis and Shoshone counties experienced rates at or above 6 percent.
Boise registered a 3 percent jobless rate in December, down from 3.4 percent in November. At 4.3 percent, Nampa had the highest unemployment rate reported in the Treasure Valley.
The Department of Labor reported more than 20,700 online job postings in December—4,500 were classified as "hard to fill," including openings for physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, and occupation and physical therapists. By volume, registered nurses and truck drivers were the hardest-to-fill jobs.