Idaho's unemployment rate ticked up in May—the first monthly increase in nearly two years—to 6.2 percent, representing at least 47,500 Idahoans who are on the Idaho Department of Labor's official jobless list.
While the Gem State's labor force increased by 1,100 workers in May, the largest number in more than a year, employers only increased employment by 300. All major sectors of the economy except private education services reported increased payrolls, but education dropped 300 jobs from April, reflecting the winding down of the traditional school year.
Overall private sector jobs are approximately 3 percent ahead of May 2012, while government jobs were just two-tenths of a percentage point ahead of the same time last year.
The Boise metro area registered a 6.2 percent jobless rate in May, two-tenths of a percentage point above April and a full percentage point below May 2012.
Franklin County registered the state's lowest unemployment rate—3.4 percent—in May, while Adams County had the highest—12.4 percent.
Eleven of Idaho's 44 counties posted lower rates in May than in April.