Idaho unemployment rate falls to 4.2 percent in August

Idaho regained 7,000 nonfarm jobs in August and the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from a revised rate of 5.1 percent in July to 4.2 percent – the third lowest rate in the nation.

Last month’s job gains left the state with an over-the-year decrease of 0.7 percent, making Idaho the least affected state in the nation for August job losses due to the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force, the number of people able, available and willing to work, decreased by 5,695 to 895,799 – less than its July record of 901,494 – but still nearly 1,200 above its pre-pandemic level in March.

The number of Idahoans holding jobs grew by 2,450 in August, pushing total employment to 858,356, while the number of people out of work fell by 8,145 to 37,443.

Nez Perce County reported an August unemployment rate of 4.5 percent; Latah County reported 4.4 percent; Idaho and Lewis counties were both at 6.2 percent; and Clearwater County reported the second-highest August unemployment rate in Idaho at 8.2 percent. (Idaho Department of Labor)

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