Idaho's unemployment rose slightly in May as hiring in the service sector cooled and more people entered the job market.
The state broke its nine month streak of declining unemployment last month when the jobless rate ticked up to 7.8 percent from 7.7 percent in April. The national unemployment rate was at 8.2 percent.
Employers throughout the state increased their payrolls by 1 percent in May, below the five year average increase of 1.3 percent between April and May. Hiring in trade and information was above the average. Other sectors fell short, especially in services which accounts for four out of five jobs in Idaho.
Nearly 3,000 people entered the workforce in Idaho last month, pushing it to a record 782,000, compared with 769,000 a year ago.
The number of unemployed rose to 60,600 in May from 60,200 in April. It was 67,500 in May of last year.