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Idaho Work Force Grows to 797,900; Unemployment Ticks Up to 4 Percent


Idaho saw its sixth consecutive month of growth of the state's labor force in June, but it also experienced its second-straight month that the Gem State's unemployment rate ticked up, this time to 4 percent.

The Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday morning that the total labor force now stands at 797,900; that's approximately 64 percent of the population aged 16 years and older with jobs or looking for work.

June's largest job gains in Idaho were in the construction, education, health, trade transportation, utility and service sectors.

Twenty-three Idaho counties were at or below the state unemployment rate. Only four counties saw unemployment increases with Adams County climbing to 7.6 percent, the highest in the state. Teton County had the lowest jobless rate at 3.1 percent.

The Boise metro area, including Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell, registered a 3.8 percent unemployment rate.