As Idaho reopens, local workers still face challenges

Unemployment claims remain higher than normal


by Gretel Kauffman, Idaho Mountain Express


An estimated 90 percent of Idaho businesses were allowed to reopen May 1, according to Gov. Brad Little, with another 5 percent getting the green light this past weekend.


On Saturday, restaurants, gyms and salons got back to business, the second step in Little’s staged reopening of the state’s economy. The first stage, which kicked off at the start of the month, let churches, retail stores, and child-care centers open to the public.