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Hometown Unemployment

By Chris | December 5, 2007

The unemployment rate in the Idaho Falls/Blackfoot greater area is currently 1.4 percent (as of September). The data is courtesy of, a great site that compiles all sorts of interesting economic data. It is worth checking out. And, if you’re looking to relocate to a small western town with amazing trout fishing, frisbee golf, and 4th of July fireworks, you should consider Idaho Falls as well.

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14 Responses to “Hometown Unemployment”

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