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While Idaho's jobless rate remained steady at 3.7 percent in May, the Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday morning that the Gem State ranked third highest in the nation for job growth over the past year.
Economists pointed to gains in construction, financial and information services in Idaho during the month of May, while weaker-than-expected performances were registered in the health care, social services, manufacturing and hospitality industries.
Total employment for Idaho in May grew by more than 1,800 workers to 779,500, but the number of unemployed Idahoans also grew to 29,880—representing an increase of 50 individuals.
Of Idaho's 44 counties, 22 had unemployment rates above the state rate of 4.7 percent, with Shoshone County registering the highest jobless rate at 6.6 percent. Madison and Franklin counties had the lowest unemployment rates in May: 2.4 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively.