Idaho unemployment rate falls to 4.8 percent in November

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent and nonfarm payrolls regained 6,200 jobs in November as the state’s economy continued to recover.

The unemployment rate dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point in November from October’s 5.5 percent. The current rate is 7 percentage points below April’s historic high of 11.8 percent.

The number of unemployed Idahoans fell by 6,605 to 43,814 or 13.1 percent. As a result, Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force decreased by 6,765 to 906,033, but still remains 11,400 higher than its pre-pandemic level in March. The total number of employed went essentially unchanged from October, dropping by 160 to 862,219.

Localy, Nez Perce County reported an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in November; Latah County was 5.2 percent; Idaho County reported 7.3 percent; Clearwater County had the state’s second-highest unemployment rate at 9.3 percent; and Lewis County’s November unemployment rate was 8.1 percent. (Idaho Department of Labor)

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