Idahos unemployment rate ticked up 0.2 percent to 6.6 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase. Total employment dropped to 723,000, the lowest level since October 2012.
The states unemployment rate was 7.2 percent a year ago, but it was just 6.1 percent in April. According to the Idaho Department of Labor, a dip in typical employer hiring in nearly all sectors aggravated the moderate increase in the number of people looking for work.
Idahos unemployment rate was lower than the overall national rate of 7.4 percent in July. Idaho has now had less unemployment than the national average for 142 straight months or nearly 12 years.
Despite the overall growth in statewide unemployment, the jobless rates in Idahos five metro areas declined in July. Those decreases were offset by increases in unemployment in rural areas.
Ada Countys July jobless rate was 5.7 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June and 6.4 percent last July. Canyon County saw a slight increase, 7.4 percent compared to 7.3 percent in June, but the Canyon jobless rate dropped more than a full percentage point from July 2012s 8.7 percent. The county with the highest July unemployment rate was Adams County, at 15.4 percent. Franklin County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent. Oneida County (3.7 percent) was the only other county with a rate lower than 4 percent.
Sixteen counties had rates lower than 6 percent; that number was 13 in June.
July unemployment rates by city
Boise 5.8 percent (6.1 percent in June)
Caldwell 7.8 percent (7.9)
Coeur dAlene 7.2 percent (7.1)
Idaho Falls 5.8 percent (6.0)
Lewiston 5.7 percent (5.5)
Meridian 5.3 percent (5.7)
Nampa 7.3 percent (6.6)
Pocatello 7.9 percent (7.8)
Post Falls 6.6 percent (7.4)
Rexburg 5.5 percent (6.2)
Twin Falls 6.1 percent (6.3)