Idaho’s January unemployment rate steady at 3 percent

Idaho unemployment rate for January was 3 percent – the fifth consecutive month at that level.

According to the Idaho Department of Labor, gains in construction, manufacturing, financial activities, educational services, leisure and hospitality, and government were offset by declines in trade, transportation, and utilities; professional business services; and other services.

Idaho was second in the nation with a seasonally adjusted over-the-year job growth of 2.8 percent for January, and a gain of 19,700 jobs.

Among Idaho’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas, month over month, the Lewiston MSA was the fastest growing at 1 percent growth, or 300 jobs. Boise experienced the strongest seasonally adjusted over-the-year growth of 4-point-8 percent.

Idaho’s county rates for January and February of 2018 will be included in the February employment release next week.  (Idaho Department of Labor)