Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point in February to 5.3 percent the lowest rate in more than five years and a 20 percent decline from February 2013.
That followed a two-tenths-of-a-point drop in January, and it contrasted the national unemployment rate's slight increase in February to 6.7 percent.
But the labor force participation rate the share of Idahoans 16 and older either working or looking for work fell a tenth of a point to 63.7 percent. It had slipped below 64 percent last October, for the first time in over 30 years.
The declining share of people in Idaho's workforce is "likely a reflection of the influx of retirees," the department said in a press release. The national participation rate is 63 percent.