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Is Idaho A Good Place To Be Unemployed? Yes, Says Bloomberg

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Wells Fargo representative Josh Plummer talked to dozens of would-be call center workers at a recent job fair in Boise.

Idaho is one of the best states to be without a job. That’s according to government data analyzed by Bloomberg.

The online business news site says it considered average unemployment insurance benefits as a percentage of average per capita income, the jobless rate, wealth disparity, and the ratio of households earning at least $200,000 to those earning less than $10,000 annually.

Under those criteria, Idaho is the 4th best state to be unemployed. The only states where it might be easier to be jobless are Arkansas, New Mexico, and West Virginia.

Idaho’s per capita income is one of the lowest in the nation at $33,749. That’s 79 percent of the national average, $42,693.

Bloomberg reports the worst places to be unemployed are Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and California. Washington D.C. and Connecticut have the highest per capita personal income in the country.


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