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Tue., April 29, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

Idaho Cost Of Living Going Up

Idaho's slight cost-of-living climb in 2012 is likely another sign of a rebounding economy, a University of Idaho economist said. The Idaho Department of Labor issued a report on Monday stating that Idaho's cost of living moved to 93.6 percent of the national average, up from 92.8 percent in 2011. The increase moved Idaho from 32nd to 31st among the states. Steven Peterson, UI economist, said a little inflation isn't necessarily a bad statistic. "It may help jumpstart the economy out of its doldrums," Peterson said. "If this was a trend toward (much higher inflation), I'd be more concerned, but I don't think this is the case. This indicates there's a recovery"/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you noticed that things are becoming more expensive to buy?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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