Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 73° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Kootenai County Unemployment Up

From Staff And Wire Reports

Kootenai County unemployment fell in January compared with December, but the rate rose substantially compared with January 1996, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Kootenai County’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was lower than December’s 9.4 rate, but higher than the January 1996 rate of 7.4 percent. Weather and some seasonal declines in construction-related businesses may have contributed to the increase.

For the Panhandle, unemployment remained somewhat steady compared to December. The overall rate of 9.9 percent compared to 10 percent in December, but was higher than the 7.8 percent rate of January 1996.

The Panhandle rate was nearly double the state average of 5.4 percent, which also mirrored the national average.

January rates for other Panhandle counties compared with December were as follows: Benewah, up to 12.3 percent from 12.2 percent; Bonner, down to 10.9 percent from 11.2 percent; Boundary, unchanged at 9.7 percent; Shoshone, down to 10.1 percent from 10.4 percent.

, DataTimes

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.