In spite of what it called strong growth in nonfarm jobs, the Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday that the Gem State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.4 percent, the second straight increase in as many months.
The overall number of Idaho's official unemployed increased nearly 1,900 to more than 49,000, the highest total since November 2012. The number of employed also dropped—by 400—to just less than 724,000, the lowest level since October 2012. The Department of Labor also said the uptick in unemployment was fueled by an increase of more than 1,400 entering the labor force, all looking for jobs.
Idaho's nonfarm jobs—approximately 646,500—actually increased 2.8 percent when compared to June 2012.
Higher unemployment levels were recorded throughout the state, with all but six of Idaho's counties and all five metropolitan areas recording rates higher than in May.
Idaho's highest unemployment rate—14.8 percent—was registered in Adams County, while Franklin and Oneida counties each registered 4.3 percent, the state's lowest jobless rate.
The Boise metro region, including much of the Treasure Valley, registered 6.3 percent, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than May but a full nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than June 2012.