The Idaho Department of Labor estimates there are nearly 65,000 people in the state who don’t have jobs. Tens of thousands more are either underemployed or have stopped looking for work.
Idaho is one of a handful of states where the unemployment rate has gone up since the recession officially ended in mid-2009. Idaho’s unemployment rate climbed to its peak of 9.7 percent in early 2011, nearly two years after the recession was declared over.
StateImpact Idaho is exploring who the unemployed are, what their struggles have been, and what they hope for. We’ll track their job searches over the next several months and share their experiences with you.