Idaho had fastest job growth rate in U.S. in 2016

Idaho had an impressive year for job growth in 2016.

The state added 27,500 jobs over the year, marking an increase of 4 percent, The Spokesman-Review reported, citing figures from the Idaho Labor Department.

The construction industry gained the most jobs during the year, adding 4,500 positions to register 11.3 percent growth. All industries in the state showed some degree of growth.

Idaho closed the year with a 3.6 percent unemployment rate, reported the Idaho State Journal.

"Part of it is that people are choosing to relocate to Idaho for jobs. The inertia of job growth has just been phenomenal for the past two years," said Craig Shaul, research analyst supervisor at the Idaho Department of Labor, according to The Spokesman-Review. "Actually we're just doing really well overall in most industries."

Boise was the Metropolitan Statistical Area with the most significant over-the-year jobs expansion, with 14,400 jobs added, marking a growth rate of 4.8 percent, the Idaho State Journal reported.

Idaho also had the second-highest job growth rate in the U.S. between December and January, the Spokesman-Tribune noted. The state gained 4,900 new jobs during the time period.   

Idaho had an impressive year for job growth in 2016.