- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate in April dropped a tenth of a percent to 3.7 percent.

The Idaho Department of Labor in a news release Friday says job gains in construction, professional and business services, and education and health services helped drop the unemployment rate from the previous month.

The state agency says that based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Idaho for the sixth consecutive month led the nation in percentage increase of jobs.

Total employment for Idaho grew by more than 1,900 to 777,780.

State officials say the number of unemployed Idaho residents dropped by 700 to 29,830.

The agency says the state’s labor force rate remained unchanged at 64 percent. That’s the percentage of people 16 and older with jobs or looking for work.

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