Idaho Continues to See Fastest Non-farm Job Growth in U.S. 

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Idaho's unemployment rate dipped to 2.9 percent in March, remaining at a low last seen in 2007 and 2008. The Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday morning that the state's labor force increased by 1,646 in the month of February to a record high of 848,097.

Total non-farm jobs increased by 1,400 in March. Several sectors, including construction; leisure and hospitality; natural resources; and transportation, all exceeded seasonal expectations, according to analysts. Idaho non-farm payrolls grew by 3.3 percent for a total of 23,300 jobs—the fastest growth rate in the nation for the second consecutive month.

Per the Washington, D.C.-based Conference Board, 4,608 online Idaho job openings were classified as hard-to-fill in March, including physicians; surgeons; and physical and occupational therapists. Hard-to-find jobs are positions that are continuously posted for 90 days or more.

In contrast to the statewide low, six Idaho counties experienced unemployment rates at or above 5 percent in March, including Clearwater (7 percent), Shoshone (5.7), Lewis (5.3) and Adams (5.3). Madison County had Idaho's lowest unemployment rate at 1.8 percent.
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