Unemployment Rates: By The County


By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Unemployment rates across the Gem State have dropped over the past two years.

But some counties in our area have done better than others at bouncing back.

Experts say the unemployment numbers for counties in our region are doing much better than projected.

But some residents are still finding it difficult to find jobs.

"I didn't think it would take a year to find a job," says Tori Perez, Twin Falls Resident.

Tori Perez is a mother, wife and unemployed.

Perez says, "I'm applying for jobs. I am looking for jobs. I do have a part–time job, I work one day a week."

Perez is one of many who are looking for jobs in the Magic Valley.

"Haven't been contacted since putting in an application or haven't heard anything back...it's kind of a cutthroat business out here," says Jonathan Croft, Heyburn Resident.

But unemployment in our area has dropped significantly since the great recession two years ago.

Jan Roeser, Regional Economist, Idaho Department of Labor says, "The very lowest in our region out of the bigger counties is in Gooding. Gooding was one of those counties that did show a spike early on in the recession but it's come down really well. And a lot of that has to do with the agricultural base that's over there."

The unemployment rates in our region are lower than the state average of 7.1% percent.

Gooding is the lowest at 4.9%.

Cassia County is just behind with an unemployment rate of 5.2%.

Jerome and Minidoka counties are at 5.5% and 5.6% respectively.

And of the largest counties in our area... Twin Falls and Blaine counties have the highest rates at 5.9% unemployment.

"At our very best, we had counties pre–recession in the 3 to 4 percent range," says Roeser.

Croft says, "You have to be persistent and try everywhere and sometimes you have to do the things you don't want to do."

Roeser adds, "There's still a long way to go for our area, but it's just nice to see some jobs coming around."

Unemployment numbers are adjusted every quarter due to changes in records.

The revised county–by–county unemployment numbers for 2008 through 2012 will be released April 19th.

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