Idaho led nation in job growth last year

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) One month ago Stefanie Hauff started her job as a workforce development specialist at the College of Southern Idaho.

"I love it," Hauff said of her new job.

One month before she started, her and her husband lived in Memphis, Tennessee. That's when they decided to move to Twin Falls.

The day they moved they didn't have jobs set up. Within a month of living in Twin Falls, they did.

"For us it worked out," Hauff said. "I was working a few weeks after we moved and my husband about a month after."

She was one of many people who started working in Idaho last year.

The department of labor says that the state added four percent more jobs from January 2016 to January 2017. That was good for 27,500 jobs. That was good enough to lead the nation with a seasonally adjusted over-the-year job growth.

Construction jobs led the way in that category adding 4,500 new jobs, which was up 11.3 percent.

All of this while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent.

Lt. Governor Brad Little applauded the state for the accomplishment in a press release this week.

“These job figures confirm what I hear when I talk with individuals and business across our state— Idaho’s economy is on the right path,” Little said. “This great news is in part due to leadership from Governor Otter and the Legislature, who strive to ensure Idaho has the best possible tax and regulatory environment, and most importantly those individual entrepreneurs and businesses across our state.”

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