Monthly Archives: June 2018

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 labor.idaho.gov, and employees all have email addresses ending in @labor.idaho.gov.

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Idaho’s May Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9 Percent

NEWS RELEASE

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.

Idaho’s labor force participation rate remained essentially flat at 63.9 percent. Continue reading

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

NEWS RELEASE

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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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in May 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
Southeastern
Eastern Idaho

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

Bonner County

  • In response to substantial flooding in Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River, strict no-wake zones are being enforced to mitigate property damage. The new rules impose a no-wake zone up to 500 feet from the shore. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee

Kootenai County

  • Idaho Central Credit Union is constructing a new office in Coeur d’Alene. The $8.6 million building will house a full service credit union branch and business and mortgage lenders along with administrative staff. The new Coeur d’Alene office will be ICCU’s fourth Kootenai County branch. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Hayden-based Blackstone Properties is constructing a new 65,000-square-foot storage facility in Hayden. The complex will offer ministorage, along with boat and RV storage. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Silverwood Theme Park had its full-time opening May 28 followed by Boulder Beach, which opened June 9. The theme park is hiring roughly 1,500 people for its summertime operations and noted that preseason ticket sales have surpassed projections. Park management believes this portends potentially record attendance. Source: Spokane Journal of Business

Sam.Wolkenhauer@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Canyon County Labor Office Hosts Series of Hiring Events June 18-21

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2018
Information Contact: Elizabeth Anzaldua, (208) 364-7781 ext. 3172

Four hiring events, each featuring a different industry and employers, are scheduled June 18-21, 9 a.m. to noon each day. The events will take place at the Idaho Department of Labor Canyon County office, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St., in Caldwell.

The schedule, industries and employers are:

Monday, June 18 – Manufacturing
Employers: Plexus, Cable One, CS Beef Packers, Big Tex Trailers, Milne MicroDried, Express Professional, Southwark Metal Mfg., Weekend Warrior RV Manufacturing, Great American Snacks, Rule Steel Tanks Inc., Boise Cascade, CBH Homes, Franz Bakery, Spectrum America, BMC and City of Caldwell

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Bonneville School District to Hold Hiring Event June 12

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018
Information Contact: Darla Wohlschlegel, (208) 557-2500 ext. 3552

Bonneville School District 93, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Labor, has scheduled a hiring event Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the district office, 3497 N. Ammon Road in Idaho Falls.

The district is hiring for several positions, including bus drivers, bus attendants, kitchen workers, custodians and paraprofessionals. More detailed information about open positions and online applications can be found at the Bonneville School District website, www.d93jobs.com. Continue reading

Why Can’t I Continue Receiving Unemployment Benefits After Returning to Work?

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Why can’t I continue receiving unemployment benefits after returning to work? It’s just until I get my first paycheck.

There are a few reasons why people are not allowed to receive unemployment benefits after becoming fully employed. First and foremost, it’s important to know that it’s against the law to collect unemployment benefits after you return to full-time work. Unemployment is only meant as temporary financial assistance until you’re employed again.

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