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July unemployment down in Boise, up in 28 counties

July unemployment down in Boise, up in 28 counties

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
August 20, 2010

While Idaho’s unemployment rate didn’t budge from 8.8 percent from June to July, the fortunes of workers in different parts of the state varied.

The five-county Boise region and the Treasure Valley saw jobless rates drop from 9.7 to 9.3 percent, the labor force grew and the unemployed dropped by more than 1,000.

Unemployment rates rose in 28 counties, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Last month, 11 counties had unemployment rates above 10 percent, with Shoshone County in north Idaho the highest at 12.6 percent.

Unemployment rose around Coeur d’Alene, the second largest metropolitan area in the state, from 9.7 to 10 percent due to a workforce decline.

Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Lewiston showed unemployment rate increases, though all those areas remain below the state average.

Teton County, along the Wyoming border, has the lowest unemployment in Idaho at 4.7 percent.

Idaho remains below the national rate of 9.5 percent, which was also unchanged from June to July. A year ago, Idaho’s unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, while the national average was 9.4 percent.

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