With jobs being added in temporary staffing agencies, call centers, private education, and consumer services such as car repair, Idaho employment posted its biggest monthly gain in 20 years during December 2013.
Nearly 3,800 Idaho workers found jobs in December, the largest single-month increase since January 1994. The ranks of the unemployed were reduced by more than 7,300 and Idaho employers maintained payrolls at over 645,000, the highest December level since the beginning of the full recession in 2007.
The Idaho Department of Labor reported this morning that 728,600 Idahoans were employed in December, pushing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 5.7 percent, its lowest level in over five years.
Oneida County's unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent, the lowest in the state. Three counties—Clearwater, Shoshone and Adams—reported double-digit jobless rates. Clearwater's was the highest at 11 percent.
The Boise metro area, including much of the Treasure Valley, reported a 5.1 percent jobless rate, one-tenth of a point lower than November 2013 and a full point lower than December 2012.
The city of Boise's unemployment rate in December was 4.7 percent. The city of Meridian's jobless rate was even lower, at 4.5 percent. Nampa had a 6.5 percent rate and Caldwell's was 6.2 percent.