Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in November at 2.9 percent. Both labor force and employment levels experienced the largest monthly gains for the year.
The state labor force increased by 7,227 to 835,890, or just under 1 percent from October. The total number of employed workers was 811,704, up 6,658 during the period. At the same time, the number of unemployed people increased by 569 (2.4 percent) from October, but not enough to increase the November unemployment rate.
Most of the job growth in November was in seven industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, financial activities, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, other services and government. Declines were reported in three industry sectors include natural resources, trade, transportation and utilities and professional and business services.
The strongest over-the-year job increases in non-farm jobs were reported in Boise (2.9 percent) followed by Pocatello (up 2.2 percent) and Idaho Falls (up 1.7 percent). Madison County had the lowest unemployment rate in Idaho at 2 percent.