BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent in September.
The Idaho Department of Labor in a news release Friday says that's the lowest unemployment rate on record dating back to 1976.
The agency says total employment grew by more than 4,000 in September, the largest monthly increase since July 1993.
The agency says the total number of people with jobs in Idaho is just more than 800,000. That pushed the state's labor force participation rate to 63.2 percent.
State officials attribute the low unemployment rate in part to increased payrolls in education, health services and construction.
The agency also says there was an 11 percent drop in hard-to-fill jobs, such as physicians, surgeons and psychiatrists.
According to Department of Labor preliminary statistics 740 jobs were added in the Magic and Wood River Valleys last month. However all the counties in that region but Twin Falls and Cassia County saw slight drops in unemployment rates.
Here are what the preliminary numbers for September show:
Gooding County - unemployment rate of 2.2 percent and added 52 jobs.
Blaine County - unemployment rate of 2.3 percent and added 136 jobs.
Cassia County - unemployment rate of 2.2 percent and added 71 jobs.
Minidoka County - unemployment rate of 2.4 percent and added 65 jobs.
Jerome County - unemployment rate of 2.4 percent and added 80 jobs.
Lincoln County - unemployment rate of 2.5 percent and added 22 jobs.
Twin Falls County - unemployment rate of 2.5 percent and added 314 jobs.