Department of Labor Names New Economist for South Central Idaho


For Immediate Release: Sept. 8, 2020
Media Contact: Craig Shaul,

The Idaho Department of Labor has hired Bonang Seoela as its new labor economist for Idaho’s south central region, which includes Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties. He will also cover Bingham and Power counties in the southeastern region.

Seoela holds a master’s degree in economics from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Idaho.

While a research assistant at Boise State, Seoela received the College of Business and Economics’ Signature Student award and a Vice President of University Advancement award. As part of his undergraduate work, Seoela studied in China for six months. He speaks five languages.

The department’s five labor economists conduct and present economic, labor market and demographic research projects on Idaho and the regions they represent for businesses, media, communities, state and local agencies, elected officials and department staff.

Jan Roeser, who has covered the region for almost 14 years, has moved into the labor economist role for southwestern Idaho.

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