Bringing the Economy Home

Idaho’s Economic Confidence Among Nation’s Lowest, Gallup Says


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According to a new analysis from polling firm Gallup, Idahoans are more pessimistic about the national economy than most.  The state was among the ten least confident, tied with Nevada, Florida and Ohio.

Gallup explains there aren’t clear patterns among the states that register the lowest levels of economic confidence.  “[T]he top 10 states vary by region and political leanings, including the most (Hawaii, along with D.C.) and least (Utah) Democratic states,” Gallup’s Jeffery Jones writes.

That said, Idahoans do have reason for concern.  The state is one of the few that watched unemployment rise after June 2009, the date that marks the recession’s official end, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.  (For a comprehensive look at unemployment in Idaho, be sure to take a look at StateImpact‘s new unemployment app.)

Economic confidence declined in all states in 2011, according to Gallup’s survey, but it declined the least in Idaho.  The state has lagged in Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index since 2009.


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