Idaho Jobless Rate Remains At 7-Year Low

Apr 17, 2015

A job-seeker speaks with a potential employer at a Meridian, Idaho job fair.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in March with 5,400 workers finding jobs in the largest one-month increase on record.

The Idaho Department of Labor in a news release Friday says total employment in the state also set a record by going above 757,000 for the first time.

The agency says the state's unemployment remained at a seven-year low as businesses expanded payrolls.

The agency also says the percentage of working-age adults with jobs or looking for work rose to 63.5 percent.

Officials say that's the highest level since December 2013 and a sign of increased optimism about job prospects.

Over the last year, Idaho employers have added nearly 20,000 workers.