Fewer Idahoans were forced to work only part-time in 2014

The portion of Idaho’s workers who were forced to take part-time jobs because they couldn’t find full-time jobs declined to 4.7 percent in 2014, the Idaho Department of Labor said Thursday, based on new estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Idaho’s improvement in the “involuntary part-time” percentage lagged behind that of other states, the department said. It also was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate.

The 2014 number was better than 5 percent in 2013 and the recession rate of 6.9 percent in 2009, the department said.

In all, about 37,000 people in Idaho worked part-time jobs despite wanting to work full time in 2014 — the same number as were unemployed during the year, the department said.

“In 2009, in the depth of the recession, over 52,000 workers were working part time because they could not find full-time work,” the department said.