Unemployment Up Just a Hair
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Department of Labor says Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 7.8 percent in May, ending a string of nine straight monthly declines. The agency says more people entered the job market while hiring slowed in much of the service sector. The national unemployment rate also was up a tenth to 8.2 percent for May. Over 721,000 Idaho residents had jobs in May, while fewer than 61,000 were unemployed. In May 2011, total employment was under 702,000 and 67,500 workers were unemployed.