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Teton County Unemployment Spikes

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Teton County last month led the state in the level of joblessness according to the monthly report by the state department of employment.  Statistics indicate that 8.9% of the valley’s residents were idled for the month – however the report points out that it is normal for Teton County’s unemployment rate to increase in April as the ski season has ended and the summer tourist season has not yet begun.  Still, that is significantly below last year’s April unemployment rate in the county of 11.1%. Neighboring Lincoln county was next in the highest unemployment rate last month with6.8% of the workforce idled.  The best place to find a job last month was Converse County where only 3.5% of the workers were unemployed.  Statewide, the rate remained significantly lower than the national average posting a 4.8% unemployment rate compared with the nation’s 7.5% average.

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