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Eye On Boise

Idaho jobless rate falls for first time in four years

For the first time in four years, Idaho's jobless rate has fallen – in April, it dropped a tenth of a point from 9.7 percent to 9.6 percent, as more than 3,000 Idahoans went back to work. That means the state's economy generated more jobs than expected in April, a good sign as the state struggles to rebound from a deep recession. You can read a full report here from the Idaho Department of Labor.

The gain wasn't evenly distributed throughout the state; 21 of Idaho's 44 counties had higher unemployment rates in April than in March, while 23 saw drops. However, three of the state's most-populated counties saw unemployment fall: Ada County's jobless rate dropped from 9.4 percent in March to 9.1 percent in April; Canyon County's went from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent; and Kootenai County's dropped from 11.2 to 11.1 percent. Bonneville County, which has much lower unemployment, saw an increase from 7.6 percent in March to 7.8 percent in April. You can see breakouts here for counties and labor market areas.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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