Idaho job growth in December was the nation’s highest

Idaho’s 4.4 percent year-over-year job growth in December was the highest in the U.S., according to the state’s labor department.

Idaho gained about 29,100 jobs between December 2014 and December 2015. Most of that was in construction, manufacturing and real estate. Mining, logging, information and state government lost jobs.

It was the third month in a row that Idaho topped the nation’s year-over-year growth rates — based on seasonally adjusted numbers and not including farm jobs.

Idaho’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in December, same as November.

Idaho’s labor force included more than 806,000 workers last month, the Idaho Department of Labor said.

“With December’s total employment at 774,543 and only 31,460 unemployed people looking for work, there were only 1.2 unemployed individuals per job listing,” the department said.