Fewer Idaho job hunters settle for part-time work

newsroom@idahostatesman.comApril 3, 2014 

The share of Idaho workers holding part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work dropped below the national average in 2013 for the first time in six years, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

The department cited a Wednesday report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bureau estimated an average of 39,100 — or 5.4 percent — of all Idaho workers were employed part-time involuntarily during 2013. The national average for involuntary part-time workers was 5.5 percent in 2013.

Idaho's rate of part-time workers fell from 6.2 percent in 2012. Idaho's rate hit a peak of 7.6 percent — more than 64,000 people — in 2009, ranking fifth among states. It fell to a ranking of 16th among states in 2013.

The bureau estimates are based on the Current Population Survey.

Idaho's unemployment rate of 6.2 percent last year also was better than the U.S. as a whole. It was more than a percentage point below the national rate of 7.4 percent.

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