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Fri., April 2, 2010, 2:47 p.m.

Idaho employment gain best in six years

Idaho employers boosted employment by 2,700 in March, the best monthly gain in six years.

The increase was enough to trim the state unemployment rate by .1 percent, to 9.4 percent. The number had not fallen for 32 months.

The rate in Coeur d'Alene dropped .6 percent to 10 percent thanks to the hiring of 125 additional workers.

The decrease for Kootenai County matched that for the city as more than 900 residents found work.

Other North Idaho counties did not make progress.The unemployment rate in Bonner County held at 13.1 percent, but Benewah County's rose to 16.5 percent, Boundary County's to 15.5 percent, and Shoshone County's to 15 percent.   

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Bert Caldwell
Bert Caldwell oversees production of the opinion pages, including writing editorials, and editing and selecting letters, columns and cartoons.