Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

Idaho’s unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest on record.

     In September, the statewide unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, which is the lowest since the Department of Labor’s record-keeping began in January 1976.

“September’s decrease was due to a robust increase in the number of Idahoans working and a continued drop in the number of unemployed,” the Department of Labor said in a news release. “Employers in five of the state’s 11 industry sectors increased their payrolls in September, pushing Idaho’s total nonfarm jobs up to 715,000 from 714,400 in August.”

     Blaine County’s preliminary rate for September was even lower, at 2.3 percent.


     The total number of employed workers countywide was 11,955, and the total unemployed residents were 280.

     Blaine County’s rate was slightly up from the 2.2 percent rate in August, according to the Department of Labor.

     In August, Blaine County’s total employment was 11,819 and the number of unemployed residents was 264.

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