By the Numbers

Idaho employment growth includes better jobs

May 21, 2014 

April employment numbers

See the jobless rates by county

Idaho's adjusted unemployment rate of 5 percent in April marked a post-recession low, according the Idaho Department of Labor. What's more, about a quarter of the 15,000 new jobs created in April were in construction and goods production, which typically pay about $10,000 a year more on average than jobs in the service sector, Labor spokesman Bob Fick says. One such job category - specialty trade contracting - accounts for 19,440 jobs in Idaho, pays an average of $34,400 a year and has grown by 5 percent since 2011.

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