TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Idaho’s labor force and employment levels in November had the largest monthly gains for all of 2017, according to information from the Idaho Department of Labor. The department has not yet released December’s numbers.

The unemployment rate for November, sitting at 2.9 percent, was unchanged from the month before.

Year over year, the state’s unemployment rate was down eight-tenths of a percentage point, while its labor force participation rate rose slightly for the fourth consecutive month from 63.5 percent to 64 percent. The average share for men (70 percent) and women (58 percent) remained stable for the past 12 months.

The report says that of the 468,000 working age Idahoans not in the labor force, or about 36 percent, around 95 percent could be categorized as not looking for a job and 5 percent as wanting a job, further indicating a tightening labor market.

You can view the full report here.

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