According to new figures from the Idaho Department of Labor, the Gem State’s unemployment rate edged up .2 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6 percent.
The department says seasonal government layoffs ran slightly higher leading to the increase.
Total employment also dropped for the second month in a row to just over 723,000.
In the counties around east Idaho, Bannock dropped .2 percent to 6.8 percent. Caribou remained flat at 5.8 percent. Bingham rose by .3 percent to 6.3 percent. Madison sits at 5.2 percent, a .8 percent drop from June. Bonneville fell .3 percent to 5.6 percent.
Looking at the cities around east Idaho, Idaho Falls checks in at 5.8 percent, down from 6 percent in June, Pocatello, rose by a tenth of a percent to 7.9 percent, and Rexburg fell .7 percent to 5.5 percent.
For more information on Idaho’s unemployment rate, you can click on the documents at the top of the page.