The Idaho Department of Labor reported Dec. 20 that the state's unemployment rate had dropped six-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent—the largest one-month decline on record—but the jobless rate in the city of Boise was lower still: 4.8 percent.
State labor statistics indicate that 106,601 persons had been counted as part of Boise's labor force in November, and 5,415 were registered with the IDOL as jobless. Boise's 4.8 percent unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 percent in October and 5.7 percent, which was also the rate in November 2012.
The city of Meridian's unemployment rate was even lower than Boise's, pegged at 4.6 percent. Jobless rates in other Idaho cities were also reported: Caldwell—6.5 percent; Coeur d'Alene—6.2 percent; Idaho Falls—5.1 percent; Lewiston—4.8 percent; Nampa—6.3 percent; Pocatello—5.4 percent; Post Falls—7.5 percent; Rexburg—4.5 percent; and Twin Falls—5.2 percent.
According to Idaho Labor Department officials, slightly stronger retail hiring in November offset hiring activity at hotels and restaurants, which have been steadily bringing on seasonal workers to handle any rebound in businesses.
Overall, the state's labor force declined by 300 in November to 772,200; and the state's labor force participation rate—the percentage of adults working or actively looking for work—remained below 64 percent for the second straight month, compared to 63 percent nationally.