I’m in the middle of an unemployment battle in the Boise area.
My daughter is graduating high school this month, but my job search is in shambles.
I can’t find a job.
The job market is so bad, I’m afraid I’m going to have to look elsewhere for a job, says Michelle Brown, 26, who lost her job as a server in the mall and now works in a grocery store.
Her husband, Joe, has had a hard time finding work in the past couple of months and he’s working two jobs.
The last time I was unemployed, I had to look for a new job after losing my job in Idaho.
I was able to find work through a couple of friends.
But now, with the unemployment rate so high, I have nowhere to turn for help, Brown says.
It’s a dilemma for many Idahoans who are searching for work.
I can’t imagine being out of work for too long.
I’m scared of losing my house, but I’m still looking for a good job.
More than 60,000 Idahoans are unemployed.
That’s a nearly 17 percent increase from just over a year ago, according to the Idaho Economic and Workforce Commission.
“The number of unemployed in Idaho is on the rise,” said Jennifer McFarland, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
“We have the highest number of jobless people in the nation.”
McFarland says the job market has gotten so bad that people are now looking for alternative work options, including in construction and food service, to make ends meet.
She says the number of jobs available to Idahoans has been stagnant since the recession began in late 2009.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment for the United States was 5.6 percent in August, down from 6.3 percent in January.
With a record low unemployment rate and a jobless rate so low, many people are starting to look outside of the area where they grew up.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the unemployment in the state hit 5.9 percent in February, down sharply from 6 percent in early 2015.
McMillan, who has lived in Idaho for 14 years, is looking for something more.
She is considering becoming a veterinarian, and is trying to find a position that will allow her to take her dog to a new location.
After losing her job, McMillan decided to leave Idaho and travel to Florida to search for work, where she will likely have to make a new living.
If you or anyone you know is unemployed, please call the National Job Clearinghouse toll-free at 800-989-8255.