Monthly Archives: May 2018

Meridian Ranked 10th Nationally for Population Growth in 2017


For Immediate Release: May 24, 2018
Information Contact: Janell Hyer (208) 332-3570 ext. 3220 or Georgia Smith (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102

Meridian was ranked the 10th fastest growing city in the nation at 4.7 percent growth in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates released Thursday. That’s up from 13th in 2016.

Meridian was also Idaho’s fastest-growing city with a population increase of 4,490 and it continues to be the second largest city in the state for the third year with a population of 99,926.

Boise remains the largest city with a population of 226,570.

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All of Idaho Benefits When Businesses Answer the Economic Census

Think your business doesn’t need to answer the Five-Year Economic Census? Think again.

Imagine trying to secure a bank loan, develop a strategic business plan or land a good company for your small town with no data to back up your proposal.

What many businesses and organizations don’t know is much of the information they used to land lucrative contracts or lure good, high-paying jobs to their areas comes from the Economic Census – a key source of statistics and information about business and industry.

Issued once every five years (for years ending in 2 and 7), the economic census is currently underway for 2017 and is the first time the entire survey will be conducted almost entirely online via a secure portal.

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7th Annual Business Educator Exchange Introduces Teachers to What Businesses Look for in an Employee


For Immediate Release: May 21, 2018
Information Contact: Ofelia Morales, (208) 364-7781 ext. 3954

Teachers throughout southwestern Idaho will learn more about what local businesses are looking for in employees for high growth, high wage industries during the annual Business Educator Exchange scheduled for July.

The two-day workshop, organized by the Idaho Department of Labor, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 25 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

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Magic Valley Businesses Encouraged to Participate in June 13 Youth Hiring Event


For Immediate Release: May 21, 2018
Information Contact: Randy Neerdaels (208) 735-2500 ext. 3653 or Glinda Fennell (208) 735-2500 ext. 3647

Businesses will have the chance to recruit youth for current job openings and career opportunities at a youth hiring event June 13, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Twin Falls office, 420 Falls Ave.

The event provides a venue where businesses can connect with potential employees, provide career awareness and expose attendees to the many opportunities their companies have to offer.

To reserve a space and discuss additional needs, please respond by June 8 to:

Businesses unable to attend the hiring event can still post job announcements with the Idaho Department of Labor any time at no cost by sending an email with complete details to

Participants with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate can contact the organizers. To access the Idaho Relay Service for the deaf and hard of hearing, dial 711.

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Boise Labor Hosts Multiple-Employer Hiring Event May 23 at Garfield Elementary


For Immediate Release: May 18, 2018
Information Contact: Stacey Shegrud (208) 332-3570 ext. 4059 or Darren Rux (208) 332-3570 ext. 3074

Many Boise area employers will be looking for candidates, from entry level to management positions, at the May 23 hiring event, 4 – 6 p.m., at Garfield Elementary, 1914 S. Broadway in Boise.

A partial list of employers attending include CS Beef Packers, Event Rent Idaho, Genesis Community Health, Darigold, BoiseCodeWorks, PSSI, DBI Services, Jacksons Food Stores, GCA Services, Community Partnerships of Idaho, MultiCare Home Health & Personal Care, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Department of Correction and Idaho State Department of Education.

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Idaho’s April Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9 Percent


For Immediate Release: May 18, 2018
Information Contact: Karen Jarboe Singletary (208) 332-3570 ext. 3215 and Craig Shaul (208) 332-3570 ext. 3201

April Marks Fourth Month in Top Two in the Nation for Over-the-Year Job Growth

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in April, continuing an eight-month run at or below 3 percent.

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 1,242 people from March to April for a total of 849,373.

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Boise City Council Member Appointed as Serve Idaho Commissioner


For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed Lisa Sánchez, Boise City Council member, to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

“Ms. Sánchez brings a wealth of knowledge about the Boise community and great enthusiasm for the role of volunteers,” said Renee Bade, program manager for Serve Idaho. Continue reading

An Alternative Measure of Idaho’s Labor Supply

In the nine years of growth following the recession of 2008-09, Idaho’s economy has created roughly 118,000 jobs. This amounts to a total growth of 17 percent over the low point of the recession, when Idaho’s total employment fell to 686,600 in March 2008. In comparison, total employment across the United States has grown by roughly 13 percent above its recession low point. Comparing growth rates – whether between states, regions or counties – only tells part of the story, however. Idaho’s job creation performance can be better evaluated in context of the state’s demographics.

The premise of this analysis is relatively straightforward. The notion of a healthy labor market – usually termed “full employment” – infers that jobs are abundant enough to employ everyone who wants to be employed. This implies job creation should be measured against the number of potential workers.

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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in April 2018

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

Northern Idaho
North Central Idaho
Southwestern Idaho
South Central Idaho
Eastern Idaho

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

Benewah County

  • Marimm Health – the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s health agency – has revealed plans to build a $15.8 million youth center in Worley. Marimm said the goal of the project is to reduce high crime and substance abuse rates among the youth in Worley and its outlying areas. Source: St. Maries Gazette Record

Kootenai County

  • Rocky Mountain Liquidation – a Hayden-based overstock retailer – has opened a second retail outlet in the Riverbend Commerce Park in Post Falls. The store sells consumer goods like clothing and housewares that are acquired as overstock from major retailers. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • The Coeur d’Alene Resort announced a timeline to complete an extensive round of renovations in May. The resort is improving all 338 of its guest rooms. These improvements include new carpeting, furnishings, and renovations to the pool and fitness center. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Hayden-based Empire Airlines has announced a collaboration with FedEx to train pilots. The program – called the FedEx Express Pathways Purple Runway Program – aims to recruit pilots from universities and aviation colleges and train them for advancement in the FedEx fleet. Empire Airlines provides air cargo services for FedEx. Source: Spokane Journal of Business, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Fewer Workplace Deaths in Idaho in 2016

Thirty work-related deaths were recorded in Idaho in 2016, down from 36 in 2015, while nationally there was an increase of 7.3 percent from 4,836 in 2015 to 5,190 in 2016.

Over the past 14 years, the leading cause of deaths in the workplace occurred in the transportation industry and transportation-related incidents in either agricultural and forestry industries. The second leading cause involves contact with objects and equipment and exposure to toxic substances. Less frequently, deaths results from violence in the workplace (Chart 1). Continue reading