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Do you remember Idaho's unemployment rate just as the recession was being noticed? It was 3%. The National Bureau of Economic Research said the great recession started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. Since those declarations, Idaho's unemployment rate climbed to its peak of 8.8% in August 2010. By August 2011 it had dropped to 8.4%, and by August 2012 it was down to 7%.

Idaho Department Of Labor Working To Clear Backlog Of Jobless Claims

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Some jobless Idahoans haven’t received unemployment money for 11 weeks. At a virtual town hall Tuesday, Director of Idaho Department of Labor Jani Revier addressed concerns about the delayed unemployment checks.


“Given that we had a few weeks of over 30,000 people filing new claims, it created a huge backlog of work," said Revier.

On June 1, the Department of Labor started using a call center in Boise to increase capacity, but some Idahoans report having trouble connecting.

Revier said unemployed Idahoans won’t have a guaranteed timeline for receiving benefits, but the department is looking for ways to speed up the process. 

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