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Date: 12/20/2013
Information Contact 1: Bob Fick : (208) 332-3570 ext 3628 : 
Information Contact 2: Bob Uhlenkott : (208) 332-3570 ext 3217 :

Idaho Jobless Rate Falls to 6.1 Percent in November



Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in November, the largest one-month decline on record. The November rate matched the postrecession low posted last spring.


Employers across the state maintained payrolls at above average levels during the month. Hiring activity – the highest since 2007 – was 6 percent ahead of a year earlier at nearly 15,000, primarily to fill existing jobs.


November’s six-tenths of a percentage point decline in the unemployment rate was twice the national rate decrease, which dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent. Before November, the largest one-month swing in the Idaho rate was three-tenths of a percentage point. In early 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will adjust the 2013 monthly unemployment rates and using more updated statistical information could revise November’s decline from October.


About 3,800 more Idahoans were at work in November with total unemployment dropping to 47,300, the lowest level since last spring. Last year, Idaho’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent with over 50,000 people out of work. This year, 1,000 more people were working than in November 2012 when employment growth averaged 1,200 a month over the previous year.


Nonfarm jobs totaled nearly 648,000 in November, up 2.1 percent over last year and four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national growth rate. Slightly stronger retail hiring in November offset hiring activity at hotels and restaurants, which have been steadily bringing on seasonal workers to handle any rebound in businesses. During the initial recovery, those and other businesses had been relying on their permanent payrolls to handle any postrecession increases in customers.


Idaho’s labor force, which has remained essentially flat since January of 2012, declined by 300 in November to 772,200. The state’s labor force participation rate – the percentage of adults working or actively looking for work – remained under 64 percent for the second straight month, compared to 63 percent nationally. Historically, labor force participation in Idaho climbed as high as 70.9 percent in October and November 1998 after dropping to a low of 63.9 percent in January 1982. 


Unemployment benefit payouts are also on the decline, dropping by 42 percent from last year. Just over $10.3 million in state and federal benefits were paid to an average of 10,100 jobless workers each week during November, 43 percent fewer than in November 2012. During the worst of the recession in early April 2009, nearly 51,000 workers received a weekly check averaging $268.


Federally financed extended benefits, which went to about 2,500 long-term unemployed workers in November, will end December 31, 2013. 


Every one of Idaho’s 44 counties posted declines in unemployment rates from October to November as did all five metropolitan areas. The only city to see an increase was Post Falls, where the rate edged up a tenth to 7.5 percent.


Only one county, Oneida, recorded a rate higher than in November 2012, but the one-tenth increase still left Oneida with a 3.5 percent rate in November, matching Franklin County for the lowest rates in the state.


Four rural resource-dependent counties reported double-digit rates in November with Adams County posting the highest rate at 11.8 percent, but that was still down nearly two percentage points from October. 


Twenty-five counties recorded rates below 6 percent, up from 19 counties in October. 

Seasonally Adjusted Data                

11/13

10/13

11/12

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

772,200

772,500

774,100

Unemployment                                      

47,300

51,400

50,200

% Labor Force Unemployed

6.1

6.7

6.5

Total Employment

724,900

721,100

723,900

Unadjusted Forecast  Data                

Civilian Labor Force

771,500

773,700

771,700

Unemployment                                      

41,400

45,100

47,800

% Labor Force Unemployed

5.4

5.8

6.2

Total Employment

730,100

728,600

723,900

 

State and county data is available on the Idaho Department of Labor's website in Excel format http://labor.idaho.gov/lmi/laborforce.xlsand http://labor.idaho.gov/lmi/histrates.xls or in PDF format http://labor.idaho.gov/lmi/laborforce.pdf and http://labor.idaho.gov/lmi/histrates.pdf

       


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