The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 20 revised Idaho’s December unemployment rate downward a tenth to a seasonally adjusted 9.1 percent.
The revision held the rate steady from November at its highest level since May 1983, the Idaho Department of Labor said in a release. Using additional economic information gathered over the previous 10 days, the department determined that total employment was nearly 200 higher than originally forecast while the number of unemployed actually dropped from November to remain under 69,000.
It was the first time since April that the number of workers without jobs has declined from the previous month, Idaho labor officials said.
Despite persisting job losses across much of the economy, Idaho’s total number of employed remained at just over 685,000 – the fewest since January 2005. While the gap in total jobs continued to close in December, it was only fractionally smaller than in November at a year-over-year loss of 5.3 percent.
Idaho Department of Labor analysts anticipate the jobless rate could rise further over the next few months before leveling off at or below 9 percent during the second half of this year.