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Idaho is No. 1 in U.S. for job growth since March 2015

Hundreds of job seekers looked for work at Meridian job fair

The Idaho Department of Labor partnered with the Ten Mile Christian Church in Meridian in March to bring job- and employee-seekers to the same location. Organizers were surprised that a crowd packed the church, since the unemployment rate is solid
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The Idaho Department of Labor partnered with the Ten Mile Christian Church in Meridian in March to bring job- and employee-seekers to the same location. Organizers were surprised that a crowd packed the church, since the unemployment rate is solid

Idaho has ranked No. 1 in the nation for job growth in the past year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Idaho was among 37 states that had a statistically significant increase in employment between March 2015 and March 2016.

The steepest rise was in Idaho, where employment grew 3.6 percent. That is seasonally adjusted and does not include farm jobs.

The runners-up were neighboring Oregon and Utah, both at 3.3 percent; and Tennessee and Washington state, both at 3.2 percent.

North Dakota and Wyoming lost a significant percentage of their jobs.

This isn’t Idaho’s first time at the top. The Gem State’s employment growth rate has dominated rankings in the past year.

Idaho’s year-over-year growth rate ranked at the top for the U.S. in October and December.

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