Idaho reached a record high for employment for a fifth-straight month in January, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
The new jobs pushed the state's unemployment rate to 5.4 percent for January, a 1.3 percent drop since January 2013. It was the lowest rate in the state since Sept. 2008.
The number of new workers hired in the state increased by 1,300 in January from the previous year. However, the total number of new workers hired in January — about 13,000 — remained below the nearly 15,000 hired in January of 2008.
Workers receiving unemployment benefits fell 24 percent in January compared to the previous year.