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Kootenai County unemployment edges up

The unemployment rate in Kootenai County edged higher in February despite a slight gain in the number of workers holding jobs.

The 11.2 percent rate was an increase from 11 percent in January, and 10.4 percent in February 2010. The number employed rose to 63,607 from 63,516 in January. There were 8,021 unemployed.

The rates for other North Idaho counties were: Benewah, 14.3 percent; Bonner, 12.6 percent; Boundary, 15.4 percent; and Shoshone, 14.4 percent.

In Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls, the unemployment rate was 10 percent.  The rate in Boise was 8.6 percent.

The rate for all of Idaho, 9.7 percent, remained unchanged from January and December.. 

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Bert Caldwell
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