Idaho’s unemployment rate drops to 2.8%, among the best in the country


BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a percent to 2.8 percent from September to October, placing the state’s unemployment rate in the fourth highest in the country .

The Idaho Department of Labor also said on Friday that the state’s workforce had increased by nearly 1,500 to more than 907,000.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics said Idaho follows only Nebraska, Utah and Oklahoma for having the lowest unemployment rate. The agency lists South Dakota and Vermont as also having unemployment rates at 2.8%.

“It is not at all surprising that the top 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates – including Idaho – are led by Republican governors,” Republican Gov. Brad Little said in a statement. “Our constant focus on keeping taxes low, governing responsibly, and structuring regulations so that they support, not hinder, business has led to prosperity and opportunity for the people we serve.

Idaho officials said the number of jobs exceeded expectations in private education, arts, entertainment and recreation, manufacturing and state government.

They also said total employment increased from 2,270 to 882,543 and the number of unemployed fell from 800 to 25,079.

The participation rate, made up of people aged 16 and over working or looking for work, remained unchanged at 62.4%.


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