Idaho's jobless rate dipped to 3.8 percent while Boise's rate dropped to 3.3 percent in March, according to statistics released Friday by the Idaho Department of Labor.
Statewide, non-farm jobs grew by approximately 24,000, the largest March-to-March increase since 2006. Analysts pointed to gains in the construction, manufacturing, education, health and hospitality industries. Information, mining and logging indicated declines.
Among Idaho's 44 counties, 26 had unemployment rates above the state rate of 3.8 percent, with Adams County at the highest: 9.9 percent. The lowest unemployment rates were registered in Clark and Madison counties: 2.3 percent.
The Treasure Valley reported a 3.6 percent unemployment rate in March, a drop of two-tenths of a point from February and six-tenths of a point lower than in March 2015.
Boise's 3.3 percent rate was a half a point lower than March 2015. Among Idaho cities, the lowest jobless rate was registered in Rexburg at 2.6 percent.