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Idaho Unemployment Rate Drops

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho unemployment rate has declined, but so did the statewide labor force with thousands of workers poised to exhaust their jobless benefits. The state Department of Labor says Idaho's work force last month diminished for the first time in a year.

Idaho employers hired at normal levels for June, but did not create any new jobs. And at the same time, a bill to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed was defeated in Congress. The state's labor department says that likely discouraged hundreds of workers who dropped out of the labor force.

June's unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, which is down from 9 percent in May but still higher than at any other time since June 1983.
      
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