The statewide unemployment rate improved year-over-year in November from 6.5 percent to 6.1 percent. Almost 15,000 people were hired, mostly to fill existing jobs a hiring rate unseen since 2007. Only one city, Post Falls, had higher unemployment than in October. Just one county, Oneida, had a year-over-year increase in joblessness, but its 3.5 percent was still tied for lowest in the state.
Jobless rates fell in all of Idaho's five metro areas in the past year. Pocatello's rate shed almost a point, an improvement from October's flat line.
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