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We’re No. 1, We’re No. 1 … Alas

On his Facebook page, Sisyphus has a link to the of the site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which shows that Idaho leads the United States in something. Alas, it's "State Economic Distress." In a survey of three combined categories (housing foreclosures, changes in unemployment, and food stamp participation), Idaho ranks No. 1 in the nation, followed by New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, and (tied at No. 5) California and Hawaii. Broken down, Idaho is No. 6 in foreclosure rate; No. 2 in unemployment change rate; and No. 9 in food stamp change rate. You can read numbers for all the states here. Also: Idaho demographics are broken down further here.


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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