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UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in April

Idaho added more than 1,900 nonfarm jobs in April as the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Idaho unemployment rate remained steady in March

Idaho’s unemployment rate remained steady at 2.9% in March, but seasonal non-farm jobs experienced the third fastest year-over-year growth rate in the nation, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Idaho unemployment drops to 2.7 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in September dropped to 2.7 percent.


Idaho’s May unemployment rate continues streak under 3 percent

The May unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in Kootenai County. Over the past 12 months, the Coeur d’Alene metro area has added about 1,900 jobs.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Officials expect sizable economic impact from FBI expansion

Officials expect the construction and related expansion work for the FBI data center in Pocatello will create about 500 direct jobs and 160 indirect jobs.


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Idaho’s employment rate remains below 3 percent during April

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in April, continuing an eight-month run at or below 3 percent.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Unemployment insurance tax cut bill reintroduced

The first bill of this year’s Idaho legislative session is a tax cut for Idaho employers that was proposed and widely supported last year, but got killed in the cross-fire …


Idaho’s September unemployment rate drops to 2.8 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent in September, reflecting ongoing hiring by the state’s employers, officials said.


Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent

Idaho’s unemployment held steady in February at 3.6 percent while the state led the nation in job growth for the sixth consecutive month.


Idaho says 170,000 job-seeker accounts compromised in hack

About 170,000 job-seeker accounts set up through the Idaho Department of Labor were compromised in a computer hacking March 12-13, the agency said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Wary of ‘federal bullying,’ Idaho House kills FBI background check bill

The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation from the state Department of Labor to allow it to conduct FBI background checks on certain employees, even though the bill sponsor warned …


Idaho’s unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent in November – the same rate reported since July.


Lawsuit says Idaho agency fired whistleblower, used its subpoena power to go after his personal cell phone records

The Idaho Department of Labor used subpoena powers granted for specific purposes to instead obtain a whistleblower employee’s personal cell phone records, then fired the employee over the results of …


Idaho jobless rate remains at 3.9 percent in February

Idaho’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February, remaining unchanged for the third month in a row.


Idaho hits record-low unemployment in December

Idaho finished 2014 with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in December, which represents a seven-year low, according to preliminary state forecasts.


Roger Madsen, Idaho Department of Labor director since 1995, retires

BOISE – It took Roger Madsen most of this month to clean out his office in downtown Boise. He had to dig through 19 years of papers, like a one-page …


Idaho jobless rate falls

The unemployment rate fell in August across North Idaho and statewide, due in part to fewer people seeking jobs. The Idaho rate fell to 7.4 percent, down slightly from July, …


Idaho unemployment rate falls to three-year low

Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in July, a three-year low. That’s down from 7.7 percent in June, the Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday. In Kootenai County, the …


Lucky Friday Mine families explore ways to wait out closure

WALLACE – Mark Miller’s baby girl is just learning how to crawl. She has three rambunctious older brothers, ages 2, 7 and 9. Miller hopes he can find a job …


Mine shutdown impact could exceed $25 million

A year-long closure of the Lucky Friday Mine could reduce income in the Silver Valley by more than $25 million, state officials said.


IRS refunds going toward overpayments

BOISE – Idaho’s Department of Labor will start intercepting federal tax refunds headed to more than 5,000 Idahoans next year, to recover nearly $10 million in unemployment benefit overpayments due …


Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state …


Labor department plans party at new facility in Post Falls

With more room inside, more parking outside and a central location, the Idaho Department of Labor this past week opened its new facility at 600 N. Thornton Ave., north of …


Diverse work force offers region strength in recession

Labor Day celebrates our work force – the nurses, teachers, retail salespeople, laborers, lawyers and librarians; in short, all of the workers who fuel the nation’s economic engine. The holiday, …


Idaho unemployment rate posts modest decline

The state Department of Labor says the unemployment rate posted a decline for the third month in a row, falling to 9 percent as Idaho employers took on more workers.


Unemployment climbs to 11 percent in Kootenai County

The unemployment rate in October rose to 8.9 percent in Idaho and 11.1 percent in Kootenai County. In some rural corners of North Idaho, one in five working-age persons is …


Idaho unemployment hits 22-year high

Idaho’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.8 percent in May, a 22-year high. Nearly 5,600 workers lost their jobs last month, pushing the statewide total to 58,300, the Idaho Department of …


Payouts put strain on fund

Unemployment benefit payouts in Idaho have hit new records almost every week since November began, the state Department of Labor reported Friday. The situation has created a dramatic drain on …