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Idaho leads in unemployment, rolls out historic tax rebates

Christian Fernsby |
Idaho's May unemployment rate fell to a new historic low of 2.5-percent.

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In addition, Idaho has deployed 571,000 income tax rebates to households so far this year, totaling $190 million. The average rebate totals $333 per household.

The Legislature approved $350 million in immediate tax rebates this year as part of Governor Little’s "Leading Idaho" plan, so hundreds of thousands more households will receive their checks before the end of 2022.

The plan also included ongoing tax relief so Idahoans will be able to keep more of what they earn in the years ahead.

Of the close to 600,000 tax rebate checks issued, two have been donated back to the state for government services.

Local governments also will receive new record funding for roads, schools, water as part of the Governor's Leading Idaho plan, minimizing the potential for cities and counties to ask local property taxpayers to cover the infrastructure needs of Idaho's growing communities as they craft their budgets over the summer and fall.

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