Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent in May, underscoring the competition among employers for qualified workers.
The state’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.4 percent in April, both as a result of hiring and from some job seekers dropping out of the labor market, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
Since May 2016, the number of job seekers in the state has grown by 8,600. Over the past 12 months, the number of payroll jobs in the state has grown 2.4 percent, or 16,800. The jobs were added in education and health services, construction, government, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing. The number of retail jobs dropped slightly.
Many of the current job openings in the state are designed as “hard to fill” positions, such as physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists and therapists.
In Kootenai County, the May unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, which was unchanged from April.
For other North Idaho counties, May unemployment rates were: Benewah, 5.5 percent (6.8 percent in April); Bonner, 4.3 percent (4.5 percent); Boundary, 5.1 percent (5.6 percent); Shoshone, 6.6 percent (6.3 percent).