Salmon Labor Office Moves to New Location


For Immediate Release: July 13, 2018
Information Contact: Connie Gardner, (208) 557-2500 ext. 3547

The Idaho Department of Labor’s Salmon local office will be closed Thursday, July 19, to move to its new location at 803 Monroe St., STE. 126A in Salmon.

The office will reopen Friday, July 20, at its new location. Operating hours will remain the same – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday except observed holidays.

The phone number, fax number and email address remain the same:

  • Phone: (208) 756-2234
  • Fax: (208) 756-4672
  • Email address:

Staff at the new office will continue to offer Labor services to area businesses and job seekers. For more information, contact the Salmon office or visit the Department of Labor website at

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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in June 2018

Information provided in this article is from professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media.

Northern Idaho
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Eastern Idaho

NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties

Bonner County

  • Bonner Homeless Transitions and the Bonner Community Housing Agency have announced a partnership to expand the local rental pool for low income families and offer transitional housing in Sandpoint. The partnership will explore avenues to purchase single-family homes and convert them to rental houses available to those earning less than 80 percent of the area’s median income. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee

Kootenai County

  • Construction has begun on a new 294-unit apartment complex in Coeur d’Alene. The complex, which will be called The Northern at Coeur d’Alene Place, will be built through 2020 by Coeur d’Alene developer Anderl Development LLC. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Crews broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot industrial building in the Riverbend Commercial Park in Post Falls. The project is expected to be completed in August and is anticipated to accommodate up to five tenants. Kootenai County currently has low inventories of available industrial and warehousing space. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • A new medical office building is under construction in the Riverstone Development in Coeur d’Alene. The new building will house Ellenbrecker Eye Clinic. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Openings
  • Once Upon a Shoe – a new retail establishment in Hayden
  • Ten/6 – a Cajun style restaurant in Coeur d’Alene
  • NYC Piano Bar in Coeur d’Alene, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Idaho Age Groups Show Significant Change in 2017


For Immediate Release: July 10, 2018
Information Contact: Janell Hyer, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3220

The number of Idaho seniors – people age 65 and older – grew nearly 8 percent from mid-2016 to mid-2017, the highest percentage increase of all age groups. Overall the state experienced a significant population increase of nearly 37,000 or 2.2 percent across all age groups for the same time period, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Idaho’s Hispanic Population Grew 3.6 Percent from 2016-2017


For Immediate Release: June 29, 2018
Information Contact: Janell Hyer, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3220

Idaho’s Hispanic population grew 3.6 percent between mid-2016 and mid-2017, up from a 3.4 percent increase the prior year, according to recent estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The total number of Hispanic residents of 215,392 accounted for 12.5 percent of the state’s population of 1,716,943.

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Impact of Recession on Southeastern Idaho’s Construction Industry

Idaho’s construction industry was one of the hardest hit during the Great Recession. At the start of the recession in 2007, there were 650 construction industry employers in southeastern Idaho with an average of at least one employee. By 2013, more than half had no employment records, meaning most likely the employer went out of business or moved out of the region. The number of start-up construction companies in southeastern Idaho also declined in the same period.

Southeastern Idaho Construction Industry Post-Recession

Since the trough of 2013, southeastern Idaho construction employment has been in recovery and the number of construction start-ups have been on the rise, but the industry has a long way to go. Between 2013 and 2017, construction employment grew by 17 percent – a net growth of 460 jobs. The 3,167 construction jobs in 2017, however still is 20 percent – or nearly 800 jobs – below the employment levels of the industry’s peak in 2007.

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Helpful Hints to Help Avoid Being Scammed During Your Job Search

Whether during a downturn or a robust economy, there are always scammers out there trying to take advantage of job seekers, counting on them being eager to find a job. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can avoid falling into their trap.

The following are signs to watch for during a job search that might just mean the person you’re dealing with is after their own payday and not representing a legitimate company.

Fake Email Addresses

Beware of recruiters who contact you using an email address that is not associated with the company they claim to represent. Legitimate recruiters will have a company email address, not a personal or free email account.

Look at the email address carefully. It should contain the company’s website. For example, the Idaho Department of Labor’s website is, and employees all have email addresses ending in

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Idaho’s May Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9 Percent


For Immediate Release: June 15, 2018
Information Contact: Karen Jarboe Singletary (208) 332-3570 ext. 3215 or Robert Kabel (208) 332-3570 ext. 3886

— Idaho Remains in Top Two for Over-the-Year Job Gains for Fifth Straight Month —

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed steady at 2.9 percent in May, continuing a nine-month streak of 3 percent or lower.

The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – continued to increase, gaining 1,222 people from April to May for a total of 850,605.

Total employment grew 1,203 to 826,026 in May, driving the increase of the state’s labor force growth, while the number of unemployed remained virtually unchanged at 24,579.

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Eastern Idaho Educator Workshop to Focus on Careers in High-Growth Industries


For Immediate Release: June 14, 2018
Information Contact: Kandi Rudd 208-236-6710 ext. 3677 or Connie Gardner 208-557-2500 ext. 3547

“Growing Together,” a professional development opportunity for eighth-12th grade counselors, college and career advisors, and career and technical education professionals, is scheduled for Aug. 7-8 in two locations – Idaho State University in Pocatello and College of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls. Continue reading

Twin Falls, Jerome counties elevated from micropolitan to metropolitan area

“Metropolitan” is the new delineation for the Twin Falls area comprised of Twin Falls and Jerome counties, announced in the Federal Register by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) dated August 2017. Before that, this geographic area or ‘delineation’ was designated the Twin Falls Micropolitan Statistical Area (MicSA).

In practical terms, what does this change mean?

The most important clue is found in the second word — Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The purpose of the delineation is strictly for statistical activities, although a number of agencies both inside and outside the federal government make use of the delineation for nonstatistical program applications.

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