Friday, October 21, 2011

Idaho's Jobless Rate Improves to 9 Percent

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Idaho's jobless rate has dropped below the nation's unemployment figure for the first time since nearly a year ago. Prior to November 2010, Idaho's unemployment rate had been below the national average for more than nine years.

The Idaho Department of Labor reported this morning that the Gem State's unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in September, slightly below the nation's rate of 9.1 percent.

Idaho employers reported hiring more than 17,000 new workers in September, filling new jobs and replacing retirees and others, an 81 percent improvement over August's new hires.

The Treasure Valley mirrored the statewide numbers with a 9 percent jobless rate. Ada County reported a 7.8 percent rate, but Canyon County reported 11.6 percent.

Adams County tops the state again with an 18.9 percent unemployment rate. The lowest, 5 percent, is Oneida County.

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