Monthly Archives: February 2023

Report explores new private housing permits authorized in Idaho

As an area’s population grows, so does the demand for housing, which means rising prices and growing incentive for developers to build.

photo: house under construction; apartment building At that point housing developers face a choice of what type of housing to build. Single family units? Multi-unit structures? This decision can be based on several factors — from household preferences and incomes, geographic constraints, as well as government policies such as taxes, subsidies and regulations.

Publicly available data on authorized permits for new privately owned housing units helps to visualize this decision, mainly by organizing permits into size classes (single-unit vs. multi-unit structures) and average permit valuation per unit.

Developers in Idaho, like the nation overall, are biased towards building higher-valued, single-unit structures, though lower-valued, multi-unit structures have been growing in share.

A report delving more deeply into the topic, ” The composition of new private housing permits authorized in Idaho” can be found on the Idaho Department of Labor website.


This Idaho Department of Labor report is 100% funded by USDOL as part of an Employment and Training Administration award totaling $1,039,383.

Around Idaho: Economic Activity, February 2023

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

  • Kootenai Health is opening a new urgent care clinic in Coeur d’Alene in partnership with the MultiCare Health System’s Indigo Urgent Care network. In 2022, Kootenai Urgent Care had more than 55,000 visits across its three locations. The new clinic will help distribute the caseload and reduce wait times. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • Hayden Canyon Charter school has completed a major expansion project which doubled the available space in the school. The charter school has seen a large increase in applications in recent years and has had student counts limited by available classrooms. The new expansion will increase the capacity by up to 100 incoming first and second grade students, bringing the school’s total capacity up to nearly 600 students. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • North Idaho College (NIC) received a downgrade in its bond ratings from Moody’s Investor Service amid ongoing questions about the college’s accreditation status and governance ambiguity. NIC’s issuer rating was downgraded from A3 to A1, and the revenue bond rating was dropped from A3 to A2. Moody’s cited “a continuing period of significant governance and management dysfunction.” Source: Coeur d’Alene Press

Openings – Post Falls

  • North Idaho Urology
  • BoxDrop Mattress and Furniture
  • St Joseph’s Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy Clinic
  • Dog House Grooming
  • North Idaho Floors

Coeur d’Alene

  • Blythe Anchor
  • JIK Printshop


    • Revival Wellness, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Ada County in 2020: Out-migration surpassed in-migration within Idaho

IRS data show urban outflows to exurban counties

In 2020 Ada County posted a net migration loss within Idaho. Simply stated, more Idaho residents moved out than moved in.

Inbound migration to the state’s most populous county from other parts of Idaho totaled 8,039, while outbound migrants numbered 10,610 for a net migration loss of 2,571. Where did they go?

 Figure 1: Ada County largest net migration losses, 2020

Source: IRS data accessed through, Feb. 14, 2023

With the exception of outflows to Idaho County, the largest number of Ada County residents migrated to counties within the commute shed – an area within a 30-minute commute – with 1,874 leaving for neighboring Canyon County.

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Apprenticeship Spotlight: Idaho floral business grows careers through Registered Apprenticeship


For Immediate Release: Feb. 15, 2023
Media Contact: Gina Robison,

Contributor: Mike Hollenbeck, American Institute for Floral Designers

Construction, technology, advanced manufacturing and a host of other industries benefit greatly from apprenticeship programs – why not include the floral industry?

Floral Artistry, a floral business in Lewiston, recently made use of a Registered Apprenticeship, a training program registered through the U.S. Department of Labor that provides paid on-the-job learning and related technical instruction.

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Caldwell hiring event Feb. 23 features multiple job and training opportunities


For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2023
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Wages offered range from $12.50 to $44 per hour, with many positions paying $20+ per hour-

Several Caldwell area employers are seeking multiple workers at an early spring hiring event Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor Caldwell office, located at 4514 Thomas Jefferson St.

Employers looking to fill positions include the City of Caldwell, St. Luke’s, D&B Supply, Idaho Youth Ranch, University of Idaho Extension – Eat Smart Idaho program, Trinity Home Care & Resource, WICAP, Witco and Gem State Staffing.

Types of jobs to be filled are varied, including a nutrition instructor, front end loaders, IT technicians, a web administrator, a staff accountant, early childhood and preschool teachers, clerks, program managers, caregivers and more. Continue reading

Interviewing workshop available for teens at Meridian Library

Summer months are the peak of youth employment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last July, the bureau reported 55.3% of youth ages 16 to 24 were employed in the U.S., slightly more than in Girl working in warehouse

To get that summer job, however, requires some prep work, such as learning valuable skills. Sometimes young people need a leg-up and a little extra help to succeed in a career they love.

In southwestern Idaho, teens have the opportunity to learn some of those skills and gain a head-start in their career by attending a free workshop, Feb. 22. The event takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Library.

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More than 100 jobs available at Post Falls hiring event Feb. 15


For Immediate Release: Feb. 8, 2023

The Idaho Department of Labor in northern Idaho is hosting a hiring event Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Post Falls Labor office, 600 N. Thornton St.

Employers are looking to fill over 100 jobs in a variety of professions. Positions include mechanics, accountants, truck drivers, construction laborers, caregivers, dental hygienists, substitute teachers, journeymen and more.

Some employers attending include Care Fiber Reclaim, Spokane County Jail, Heritage Health, Post Falls School District, Sunshine Minting, Country Girl Gardens, Walmart and Sherwin Williams.

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Pocatello hiring event Feb. 15 offers various jobs


For Immediate Release: Feb. 8, 2023
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The Idaho Department of Labor is hosting a hiring event Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pocatello Labor office, 430 N. 5th Ave.

Up to 30 businesses plan to attend, including A New Hope, Amy’s Kitchen, the Idaho Grocery Outlet in Pocatello, Haskell Construction, Lamb Weston, Premier Technology, Sage Trucking, Idaho State Hospital South and more.

Positions to be filled include caretakers, warehouse workers, managers, construction laborers, technicians, welders, registered nurses and transit drivers. More positions will be available at the hiring event.

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Feb. 14 labor market webinar focuses on accessing U.S. Census data


For Immediate Release: Feb. 8, 2023
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Idaho employers are invited to a free webinar, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to noon (MST) via Zoom. Businesses will learn about the U.S. Census and why it provides crucial information to all parts of our economy.

Jan Roeser, the Idaho Department of Labor economist for southwestern Idaho, will explain commuting patterns, characteristics defining consumers and housing trends, population migration patterns and how communities are changing over time.

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Online employer seminar series kicks off Jan. 25 with focus on labor market information


For Immediate Release: Jan. 18, 2023
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Employers across the state are invited to attend a free Zoom seminar Jan. 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m. MT, to learn more about labor market information in Idaho.

Participants will hear about the underlying causes of why help wanted signs are so prevalent in Idaho and the U.S. The seminar will also address why demographics lie at the heart of so many economic concerns.

Sam Wolkenhauer, Idaho Department of Labor economist for northern Idaho, will lead the presentation. A Q&A will follow.

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