- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials say an increase in the number of people choosing to enter the job market bumped up Idaho’s unemployment rate from 3.9 to 4 percent in June.

The Idaho Department of Labor in a statement Friday says an additional 2,300 potential workers re-entered the labor force looking for work.

It’s the second consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate increased due to job hunters entering the market.

The agency says Idaho’s labor force now stands at 797,000.

The agency says the state’s labor force participation rate is 64.1 percent. That percent is based on the state’s population age 16 and over either holding a job or looking for work.

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