Idaho unemployment rate falls to 4.9 percent

June 20, 2014 

Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent  in May after total employment in the state set a record high for total jobs for the ninth-straight month. The drop from April's 5 percent unemployment rate set a new post-recession low.

Total employment increased by 1,000 from April to May to a total of 741,000, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. A total of 15,000 more Idahoans had jobs in May 2014 than during May of the previous year. The unemployment rate fell 1.6 percent during that time.

Of Idaho's 44 counties, only Jefferson, Jerome, Owyhee and Power counties saw unemployment rise in May. Franklin County had an Idaho-low of 2.4 percent unemployment.

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