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Idaho unemployment holds at 3.8 percent

Idaho reported a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in September, which was unchanged from August. The state Department of Labor said about 2,000 jobs were added during that time. The leisure and hospitality industries had strong growth. State officials said that bucks the typical trend of downsizing at the end of summer. Education and health services, construction, government, manufacturing and natural resources also added jobs during the month. Kootenai County reported a 4.6 percent unemployment rate in September. Rates for other North Idaho counties were: Benewah, 5.9 percent; Bonner, 5.2 percent; Boundary, 4.6 percent and Shoshone, 6.7 percent.

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