Idaho's adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in April for the first time since the economic downturn began in 2008 according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
The state economy has added more than 20,000 new jobs in 2014, pushing state employment to 740,000, according to the release. April marked the eighth-straight month in which the state reached a record high for total employment. More than 1,500 Idahoans entered the labor force in April, the largest one-month increase since the beginning of 2010.
Idaho employers hired more than 15,000 new employees in April with more than half filling new positions.