The Idaho Labor Department today released the July unemployment numbers, and the news is not encouraging in North Idaho.
Four of the five counties in the panhandle saw the unemployment rate go up last month, and the rate remained the same in the fifth: Kootenai County.
Here's the breakdown:
Kootenai County (including Coeur d'Alene): 11.7 percent, unchanged from June.
Shoshone County (including Kellogg): 15.8 percent, up from 14.7 percent in June.
Boundary County (including Bonners Ferry): 15.1 percent, up from 14.5 in June.
Benewah (including St. Maries): 15 percent, up from 14.6 percent in June.
Bonner (includiing Sandpoint): 14.2 percent, up from 13.4 percent in June.
In Post Falls, the rate ticked downward last month, to 12.3 percent. It was 12.9 percent in June.
In Ceoru d'Alene, the rate was 11.9 percent in July, down a tad from 12 percent.