Monthly Archives: February 2022

Idaho Apprenticeship Program Allows Quality Electric to Train Women for Highly Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs

Karelyn Kruger, 45, is in her second year of a five-year training program as an electrical apprentice for Quality Electric in Boise. She’s creating a second career after working in retail and raising two children.

photo: hand holding electrical cables“I’m older than the average student,” she says with a wry grin. “I’m too old to go into debt and go back to college, so it seemed like a great opportunity to learn a trade, and they’d pay for my education while providing on-the-job training.”

Kruger had to pass an aptitude test, math test and have a GED or high school education to get into the Southwest Idaho Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) program. Once you pass those tests, “you’re guaranteed a job” while you work under the supervision of an experienced journeyman electrician, she  says.

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Department of Labor Names New Economist for Southeastern Idaho


For Immediate Release: Feb. 24, 2022
Media Contact: Craig Shaul,

Matthew Paskash has been named the new Idaho Department of Labor regional labor economist for southeastern Idaho, covering Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties. He replaces the previous economist, Esther Eke.

Paskash is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a Master of Science in economics and completed some coursework towards a Ph.D. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, minoring in mathematics, philosophy, sociology and Spanish from Indiana University Northwest where he worked as an undergraduate tutor and research assistant.

Originally from northwest Indiana, Paskash suspended studies while attending Valparaiso University, spending several years as a direct support professional for the developmentally disabled, an automotive technician and a barista.

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Department of Labor Names New Economist for North Central Idaho


For Immediate Release: Feb. 24, 2022
Media Contact: Craig Shaul,

Lisa Grigg recently joined the Idaho Department of Labor as the regional economist for north central Idaho, covering Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties. She succeeds Kathryn Tacke, who died in July. Tacke had been an Idaho Labor regional labor economist for northern and north central Idaho since 1988.Photo: Lisa Grigg

Grigg holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Eastern Washington University.  After 10 years as an investment officer for the Washington State Investment Board, she moved to northern Idaho to establish a family-run artisan winery in the Lewis-Clark Valley.

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Area Employers Seek Drivers for Big Rigs, Buses, Delivery Vehicles and more, Feb. 24 in Caldwell


For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2021
Media Contact for event: Stefanie Wells, (208) 365-7781 ext. 3384
Media Contact for trucking industry information: Jan Roeser, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3639

Men and women interested in a truck driving career can get a look at some of the rigs they could end up driving at the Caldwell Trucking Job Fair, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

photo: semi trailer truckThe event will take place at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Caldwell office, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St. in Caldwell.

Big rigs, dump trucks, delivery vans and more will be on display in the office parking lot. One employer is bringing a big truck simulator so job seekers can get a feel for what it’s like to drive a big rig.

Employers offering employment and training opportunities include Ada County Highway District, Knight Transportation, Tawnika Trucking, Sage Truck Driving, Schwan’s and several more.

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Feb. 23 Online Seminar Features the Benefits of Labor Market Information for Businesses


For Immediate Release: Feb. 15, 2021
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Southeastern Idaho employers are invited to a free Zoom seminar Feb. 23 exploring labor market information and what it can mean for employers. The seminar runs from 9-10 a.m.

Discussion will focus on components of the labor market, current trends in the region, state and the U.S., labor market shortages and a tour of the Department’s labor market information website –

In addition, employers will meet Matthew Paskash, Idaho Department of Labor’s new labor economist for southeastern Idaho, covering Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties. He replaces the previous economist, Esther Eke.

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Idaho’s Long-term Employment Forecast Shows Steady Growth Through 2030

Idaho’s labor market is expected to continue its robust expansion through the end of the decade, according to new long-term employment projections from the Idaho Department of Labor.

The new estimates, which cover the period from 2020 to 2030, project an employment growth rate for Idaho of 1.5% per year, bringing total employment to 933,563 in 2030. This forecast is consistent with Idaho’s record of strong job creation in recent years – which includes rapid growth from 2010 to 2020, and an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that was among the strongest in the nation.

Idaho’s long-term projected growth rate of 1.5% is significantly higher than the national forecast. The most recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipate a national growth rate of approximately 0.7% annually – less than half the projected growth rate for Idaho. This is consistent with recent experience; Idaho has consistently been among the leaders in job growth among the states, and the growth rate in Idaho has exceeded the national rate nine years in a row, starting in 2012.

Figure 1: Annual Employment Growth, US and Idaho line chart

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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in January 2022

Information provided in these news updates 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

Kootenai County

  • A mixed-used development including more than120 residential units is being planned for the former site of the Idaho Veneer mill. The development will include a mixture of townhomes and multifamily units, in addition to plans for a hotel and commercial space. Source: Journal of Business
  • Developer Measom Holdings LLC is building a development of luxury townhomes in Coeur d’Alene. The project, named the Nest, will feature five high end townhomes on Lakeside Drive, valued at nearly $5 million. Source: Journal of Business
  • Kootenai Health has begun construction of a $37.3 million expansion to its heart center on the main hospital campus. The expansion will add additional operating rooms and bed space in addition to providing vacant space to accommodate future needs. The hospital is expanding capacity to respond to increased demand for procedures from the county’s growing population. Source: Journal of Business

 Openings – Coeur d’Alene

  • Crossfit CDA
  • Aunt Stephanie’s Child Care
  • Takara, a Japanese restaurant
  • Say Yes Bridal Boutique
  • Thunder Games
  • Lake Coeur d’Alene Inn
  • Inland Kava and Botanicals

Openings – Hayden

  • Kaffee Meister
  • Dairy Queen
  • T-Mobile, regional economist
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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