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Located in the Pacific Northwest region of United States of America, the State of Idaho occupies a total area of 83,570.08 square miles. According to 2007 records, more than 1,499,402 people lived in Idaho, making it the 6th fastest-growing state in the US. With women constituting 49.8% of the population, it has a very balanced male-female ratio. Custer County is the most populated and the largest metropolitan area in the state is the Boise Metropolitan Area. 84.7% of Idaho’s population above the age of 25 have high school diplomas, of which 21.7% have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

Until recently, agriculture was the primary industry in the State. In fact, Idaho produces nearly one-third of potatoes grown in the US. Manufacturing has become the most important employment sector. Science and technology is the largest industry with the Boise and Twin Falls area being home to companies like Micron Technology Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Inc., and SUN Microsystems.

Idaho also boasts a booming tourist trade. Sun Valley, Sandpoint, McCall, and Coeur d'Alene are among the region’s popular vacation spots. Besides, mining is the other important source of income. Gold, silver, phosphates, molybdenum, zinc, lead, and other minerals are produced here. Idaho is nicknamed the Gem State as it is the only place where six pointed garnets can be found.

As of 2004, Idaho had 41,336 private non-farm establishments that employed around 488,676 workers. The total civilian workforce of the state is about 759.2 thousand people, of which 6.1% are unemployed according to data published in December 2008. Among the major non-farm labor markets are Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (20%), Professional & Business Services (12%), Manufacturing (9%), Construction (7%), Education & Health Services (11%), Government (18%), and Leisure & Hospitality (9%).

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