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Fri., April 21, 2017, 9:40 a.m.

Idaho unemployment dropped to 3.5% in March

Unemployment in Idaho dropped to 3.5 percent in March, down from 3.6 percent in February, the Idaho Department of Labor reports. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was boosted this time by gains outside of the Boise area, where jobs actually declined by 700 from February to March. That was more than offset by increases in jobs in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Lewiston.

Twenty-two of Idaho’s 44 counties had unemployment rates above the state rate, with six counties exceeding 6 percent unemployment: Clearwater, at 9 percent; Adams, 7.1 percent; Shoshone and Lewis, 7 percent; Benewah, 6.9 percent; and Lemhi, 6 percent.

Ada County remained below the state average at just 3 percent unemployment. Canyon County was at 3.9 percent; Bonneville County, 2.9 percent; Kootenai County, 4.3 percent; Valley County, 5.1 percent; and Twin Falls County, 3.2 percent.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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