The statewide unemployment rate in Idaho remained unchanged in May at 2.8 percent.

That was the 18th straight month the rate has been below 3 percent, according to the Department of Labor.

Blaine County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 2.4 percent. The county had a total labor force of 12,447 people, with 302 unemployed workers and 12,145 employed workers.

Statewide, the number of total employed workers grew by 1,706 to 846,912, according to the department.

In 2019, four industry sectors in Idaho had employment gains of more than 3 percent. Professional and business services has added 5,600 jobs, which amounts to an employment gain of 6 percent. Construction employment has grown by 3.7 percent, or 1,800 jobs, and manufacturing grew 3.1 percent, or 2,100 jobs. Other services grew by 5.1 percent, or by 1,300 jobs.

The national unemployment rate remained steady at 3.6 percent in May, according to the department.

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