Thursday, June 23, 2011
Poor weather pushes up North Central Idaho’s unemployment rate
Poor weather conditions slowed logging, construction, agricultural, transportation, and retail activity in May. It also delayed job creation that would normally happen between April and May.
had the highest unemployment rate of Clearwater County ’s 44 counties, due largely to the number of laid-off loggers. Between April and May, Idaho traded places with Valley County . In May its unemployment rate was 16.3 percent, the highest rate then. Now, its rate is higher—17.2 percent—but Clearwater County 's is higher. Clearwater had the highest unemployment in May 2010 at 15.9 percent. Its unemployment rate this May was 14.6 percent. Boundary County had the third highest rate a year ago at 14.8 percent, while Valley County at 15.3 percent ranked second highest. Shoshone County
, some laid-off workers were able to return to work in manufacturing, natural resources, transportation, and retail helping the unemployment rate to drop significantly. Asotin County ’s employment gains offset Nez Perce County’s loses, allowing the Lewiston Asotin County MSA’s unemployment rate to fall from 8.5 percent in April to 7.5 percent in May.
and Latah counties, unemployment rates dropped mostly because more loggers in those areas were able to get back into the woods. Idaho
North Central had the third highest unemployment rate of
's six regions in May, same ranking as in April. Its unemployment rate dropped slightly between April and May. Idaho
It did not drop as dramatically between April and May as the other regions did. That was because
, Lewis, and Nez Perce counties all had increased unemployment. Clearwater
Posted by ClearTrib at 2:16 PM