While many economists insist that the great recession of the 21st century has faded, tens of thousands of Idahoans who are desperately trying to find a job know better.
Yet an extension of unemployment benefits—stretched out to buffer some of the recession's effects—has ended for approximately 6,2000 of Idaho's jobless. The federal extension was implemented in 2008 but expired in late December, with final extension payments being mailed out this week. The Idaho Department of Labor reports that the the average payment was $248.
Regular Idaho state benefits, ranging from 10 to 26 weeks, continue for approximately 15,000 unemployed.