Idaho unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

December 20, 2013 

About 3,800 more Idahoans were at work in November than during October, as the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 percent to 6.1 percent.

The drop was the state's largest one-month decline ever, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The 6.1 percent unemployment rate matched a post-recession low set last spring.

Hiring activity reached its highest level since 2007 after increasing 6 percent compared to November 2012.

Total unemployment dropped to 47,300 in November. Unemployment benefits dropped 42 percent compared to the previous November, as $10.3 million in state and federal benefits were distributed among 10,100 jobless workers each week during November.

Each of Idaho's 44 counties recorded a drop in unemployment from October to November, as did the state's five largest metro areas. The only city recording an increase in unemployment was Post Falls, which increased from 7.4 percent to 7.5 percent.

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