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Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

July 22 2018, 11:51 | Perry Erickson

Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

Davidson and Williamson counties tied for having the lowest unemployment in the state with rates of 2.5 percent, a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to October.

Last month's 5.8 percent unemployment rate is well below the 8.1 percent of November 2016 and by far is the lowest for that month since 1990, according to the state Employment Security Department. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

The Cooke County unemployment rate remained below state and national average last month while the local economy added a handful of jobs.

Scott County's jobless rate fared better than Clinton County's, which came in at 3.4 percent in November, down a point from a year ago.

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Out of the civilian labor force of 75,085 (people 16 and older working or looking for work), 2,849 were unemployed, the report states.

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The sectors of Farming and Manufacturing both posted significant job declines for the month, but the loss was offset by gains in other sectors, primarily in retail positions, according to the EDD report.

Construction employment fell by 90 jobs and leisure and hospitality shed 480 jobs in November.

The Boise MSA showed the strongest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm jobs, up 2.9 percent, followed by Pocatello, 2.2 percent; Idaho Falls and Lewiston, 1.7 percent; and Coeur dAlene, up 1 percent. Those other states' rates were: OH, 4.8 percent (down from 5.1 percent); Kentucky, 4.7 percent (down from 5.0 percent); MI, 4.6 percent (up from 4.5 percent); and IL, 4.9 percent (unchanged).

In November there were 18,945 online job openings in Idaho compared with 22,215 in November 2016.

According to the labor department, the jobless rate for both counties increased from the same time previous year when they were 6 percent.

Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent. Madison Countys unemployment rate remained the lowest at 2 percent.

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