Idaho's Growth Consistently Leads Nation

<p>Years of successful growth show little sign of stopping in Idaho, the nation's fastest-growing economy since 2003.</p>
September 27, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"In Idaho, the state with the nation's fastest-growing economy, homebuilding hasn't crashed as it has across much of the USA, and a two-decade run of prosperity continues."

"Chalk it up, in large part, to chips - computer chips and potato chips. And to a state whose climate and rugged outdoor beauty are attracting highly mobile, white-collar newcomers who could work or live most anywhere."

"Idaho has been tops among states in economic growth since 2003. It has ranked high nearly every year since 1987, a run of good times unmatched by any other state. Even the recessions of 1991 and 2001 didn't stop growth."

"Idaho's economy has clicked in every sector: farming, technology, tourism, construction, service industries. Big business has thrived, and small entrepreneurs have, too. The state has a 2.4% jobless rate, the lowest in the nation, and has added jobs every year since 1987."

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Published on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 in USA Today
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