An increase of 1,100 workers in the past month has pushed Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate up by a tenth of a percent to 6.2 percent for May according to new figures from the Idaho Department of Labor.
The increase is the first in the unemployment rate since June 2011 when the rate stood at 8.5 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate sits at 7.6 percent for May.
For the counties around east Idaho, Bannock saw an increase of .3 percent to 6.7 percent, Bonneville edged up to .3 percent to 5.7 percent, Bingham is up .2 percent to 5.9, Madison and Caribou check in up .1 percent to 5.5 percent.
By city, Idaho Falls rose .2 percent to 5.8 percent and Pocatello jumped up by over a full percentage point from 5.9 percent to 7.2 percent.
The Department says the improving economy has led to a decline in unemployment insurance benefits of more than 50 percent in the past year. Nearly 14,000 workers received jobless benefits in May, compared to close to 29,000 who were receiving benefits in May 2012.
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