Idaho lost 2,600 workers from its labor force between July and August and more than 5,500 over the summer – the largest three-month exodus of workers on record in the state. The state Labor Department says nearly 1,100 fewer people were working in August while 1,600 left the ranks of the jobless, dropping the number of people considered to be unemployed to just over 57,000.
Since the recession, more than 15,000 workers have exhausted their unemployment benefits without finding jobs and hundreds more lost extended benefits.
Businesses report hiring 18,400 workers in August, mostly to replace departing workers.
In August, Nez Perce County reported 6 percent unemployment; Clearwater County 13 percent; Idaho County 9.4 percent; Latah County 6.9 percent; and Lewis County 6.5 percent. The city of Lewiston reported 5.8 percent unemployment, the lowest among the state’s 11 largest cities. (Idaho Department of Labor, AP)