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.

Prior to joining the Idaho Department of Labor, he worked for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on economic development, grant writing and administration.

The department’s 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.

Paskash will be introduced at a free online employer seminar focusing on labor market information on Feb. 23, 9-10 a.m. Find out more details about the seminar here.

To reach Paskash, email

For information about Idaho labor market information, visit

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