Our Northwest Economy
11:33 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Idaho Jobless Rate Drops For Second Consecutive Month

Idaho's unemployment rate made its largest one month fall in more than a quarter century. The three-tenths of one percent decline in April puts the jobless rate at 9.1 [nine-point-one] percent. That's the lowest in the Northwest…and it's Idaho's second monthly decrease in a row. Bob Fick from the state Labor Department says employers aren't hiring in large numbers. But he says temporary agencies are getting busier.He says employment growth this spring almost looks normal.

Bob Fick: “The fact that we're back to the norm is probably a really good sign. I mean, people need to understand, though, that it is going to take awhile to go from 69,000 unemployed back to 16 or 17,000, or 20,000.”

Fick says the unemployment rates in Boise and Coeur d'Alene have fallen back into single digits. He says some rural counties with the highest unemployment rates are also seeing economic growth.

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