|By The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho|
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Why? A big part of the equation —
The shrinking labor force raises some concern, said
In a healthy employment expansion, the labor force grows with the number of jobs, Uhlenkott said.
The number of new hires in the state exceeded 22,000 for the first time since
The decrease in the labor force is something to watch, Uhlenkott said, but one month doesn't make a trend.
"At this point, it's just a blip in the data and something we're watching closely," he said.
The blip in the data also could be a silver lining, Uhlenkott said, as slower expansions tend to last longer and are more sustainable.
Numbers released Friday by the IDL show about 15,000 more workers were on the job last month than in June of last year, when the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent.
The number of
Total employment changed from 741,700 in May to only 741,800 in June, but the shrinking labor force brought the unemployment percentage down.
The decline in part reflects the age of the State's labor force and other factors, which could include the duration of time people are unemployed, Uhlenkott said.
Similar dynamics affected jobless rates locally. There were more people unemployed in
The pressure on the state's
For the first time since
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