Idaho May 2019 Labor Data

BOISE, ID - Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 2.8 percent in May, the 18th consecutive month at or below 3 percent.  An additional 1,622 people made themselves available for work between April and May, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force up to 871,505.  The number of unemployed decreased by 84 to 24,593. 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 percent for the sixth consecutive month, as job growth continued to match the increase of people seeking work. Over the year, May’s statewide labor force was up 16,431 (1.9 percent), total employment was up 16,320 (2 percent) and there were 111 more unemployed.  Seasonal nonfarm jobs were up 2.5 percent from May of 2018 representing a gain of 18,400 jobs.  Four of Idaho’s industry sectors experienced job gains of three percent or greater: 6 percent in professional and business services (5,600 jobs), 5.1 percent in other services (1,300 jobs), 3.7 percent in construction (1,800 jobs) and 3.1 percent in manufacturing (2,100 jobs).