Idaho’s unemployment rate remained steady at 2.8% in May, the 18th consecutive month at or below 3%, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
An additional 1,622 people were available for work between April and May, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force up to 871,505. Total employment grew by 1,706 to 846,912.
Idaho’s labor force participation rate — the percentage of people age 16 years or older working or looking for work — remained at 63.8% for the sixth consecutive month, as job growth continued to match the increase of people seeking work, according to a press release from the department.
Seasonal nonfarm jobs were up by 18,400 jobs sine last May of 2018. Four of Idaho’s industry sectors experienced job gains of 3% or greater: 6% in professional and business services, 5.1% in other services, 3.7% in construction and 3.1% in manufacturing.
Health care jobs, including physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, occupational and physical therapists and support positions, represent roughly 21% of all hard-to-fill online openings.
Nationally the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6% in May and total unemployed was up 64,000 from April for a total of 5.9 million people looking for work. A year earlier, the national unemployment rate was 3.8%, and the number of unemployed was 6.1 million.