The Idaho Department of Labor reports the Gem State's labor force increased by almost 1,500 in July, but an increase in people looking for work also caused an uptick in the state's unemployment rate 1/10th of a point to 3.8 percent. That's still 4/10ths of a percent lower than the same period last year.
July's biggest job gains were in the construction, financial, and leisure and hospitality sectors.
Madison and Franklin counties experienced the lowest jobless rate in the state at 2.7 percent, while Lewis County had the highest unemployment rate at 7 percent. Twenty-two of Idaho's 44 counties had unemployment rates above the state rate.
The city of Boise's jobless rate was 3.3 percent in July. Among Idaho's largest cities, Caldwell had a 4.8 percent unemployment rate, Nampa's jobless rate was 4.5 percent, Pocatello had a 3.6 percent unemployment rate and Coeur d'Alene's jobless rate was 4.7 percent.