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Idaho's Labor Force Reaches Record Size

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The size of the Gem State's labor force reached a historical high of more than 800,000 workers in September, the Idaho Department of Labor reports.

Last month, the state added 1,400 people to its workforce, bringing the total size of Idaho's labor force to 800,800 people. In the past 12 months, the labor force has increased by 19,300 jobs.

September's unemployment rate held firm at 4.2 percent, reflecting a balance between 9,800 education workers returning to work at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year and job losses in other sectors of the economy, including a decline of 1,000 construction jobs as major projects were completed.

Despite short-term job losses in construction, however, the industry has experienced year-over-year job gains of 9.1 percent. According to the Department of Labor, that's the largest annual increase in construction job growth since 2006.